The ODI between Australia and the West Indies was abandoned due to rain, featuring jovial scenes as the Australian players rushed to assist Junction Oval ground staff.

Australia’s women’s team saw their second one-day international against the West Indies in Melbourne washed out due to persistent rain. This left Australia with a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, having already clinched the preceding Twenty20 series 2-1.

The game, scheduled for October 12, Thursday, was cut short to 29 overs per side following a three-and-a-half-hour delay at the outset due to the bad weather.

Amidst the tourists struggling at 8-107 after 25.3 overs, there was a lighthearted moment as the home team enthusiastically assisted the Junction Oval ground staff in covering the pitch. However, their efforts couldn’t change the outcome, as the match was subsequently abandoned.

Australian leg-spinner Alana King, speaking to the Seven Network, humorously remarked, “I would ask for a little bit of a pay rise there. The poor groundies, I think they’re a few short tonight.”

Returning captain Hayley Matthews and Rashada Williams provided a solid start for the West Indies. The openers contributed 23 and 20 runs, respectively, but failed to build further, with Alana King (3-16) and Annabel Sutherland (3-6) causing wickets to tumble consistently.

Aaliyah Alleyne, with 28 not out, was the only other West Indies batter to reach double figures before rain interrupted play.

Alana King, called up to replace the injured Darcie Brown, achieved her career-best figures. Ellyse Perry didn’t bowl for Australia due to her ongoing recovery from a knee injury.

Australia leads the three-match ODI series 1-0, following their 2-1 victory in the T20 series. The third ODI will be at Melbourne’s Junction Oval on Sunday, October 15.

Last Updated on October 12, 2023

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