Australia beat West Indies to win series

MELBOURNE : Australia swept aside the West Indies for a 177-run victory in the second Test on Tuesday to take the series and retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.

After winning the first Test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs, the Australians dismissed the Caribbean tourists for 282 late on the fourth day.

Australia declared their second innings on their overnight score of 179 for three with a 459-run lead, and grabbed three wickets in the middle session.

With a fifth day still open, the tourists were 146 for four at tea at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Despite a 100-run stand for the sixth wicket between skipper Jason Holder and former captain Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies lost their remaining four wickets quickly to be all out 1.3 overs before the scheduled finish.

Holder went for 68 off 86 balls, while Ramdin chipped in with 59 off 90 in his best Test score for two years.

Spinner Nathan Lyon was named man of the match with seven match wickets while all-rounder Mitchell Marsh finished with four for 61 in the second innings.

The final Test of the three-Test series will start in Sydney on Sunday.



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