It has been visitor bashing all summer, but thankfully for a completely different kind.
Australia trounced West Indies in the first Twenty20 match in Hobart. And there was little to speak of by way of resistance.
West Indies kept taking wickets after Australia got off to a 83 run start in just under eight overs with David Warner top scoring with forty-seven runs off thirty-two balls but failed to stop Australia in their tracks.
Brad Haddin matched Shane Watson’s thirty-seven runs as Australia finished their twenty overs with 179 runs on board.
But the West Indies captain Chris Gayle’s hopes of a renewed vigour through Twenty20 fell right through as the visitors were reduced to four down for twenty-six in only the fourth over, with their biggest chance, Kieron Pollard, cooling his heels back in the den, courtesy Shaun Tait who picked up his third wicket of the four to fall.
Runako Morton and Dinesh Ramdin did add a degree of respectability with a partnership of seventy-three runs for the seventh wicket with forty and forty-four runs respectively but chasing Australia’s total was a proposition too much for the visitors who finished on 141, 38 runs behind changing their no-win record yet.