All so elementary for Watson in Aussie comeback

IT WAS a triumphant return for Shane Watson in the third one-dayer against the West Indies at Manuka Oval yesterday, with the injury-prone allrounder smashing 122 from 111 balls.

Watson's innings, in his first game of the summer since breaking down with a calf injury in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka, helped Australia to a healthy total of 7-329 off its 50 overs on a batsman's paradise.

The big man from Ipswich was in fine touch, finding runs all around the ground and hitting 12 fours and two sixes.

Phil Hughes (86 from 93) and George Bailey (44 from 22) continued their fine one-day form after the platform Watson laid.

A stunned Glenn Maxwell departed for four courtesy of a screamer by Kieron Pollard on the boundary.

With the ball looking like it would go for six, Pollard leapt at full stretch to take the catch in his right hand, before somehow staying inside the boundary.

That was one of four catches Pollard took, including a juggling caught-and-bowled to dismiss skipper Michael Clarke for 15.


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