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Cricket: Australia dismiss West Indies for 70

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Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc claimed five wickets as the West Indies were skittled out for a paltry 70 in the opening one-day international against Australia in Perth on Friday.

Starc snared 5-20 as the tourists imploded after winning the toss and electing to bat in the first game of the five-match series.

The miserable total was the lowest ever in an ODI at the WACA, falling well short of Australia's 91 against the West Indies in 1987.

When the West Indies slumped to 19-5 after Starc claimed his fourth wicket in eight balls, their lowest ever tally of 54, against South Africa in 2004, appeared in grave danger.

Darren Bravo's dismissal for 11 left the tourists 39-7 before captain Darren Sammy contributed 16 in a stand of 26 for the eighth wicket with debutant Jason Holder.

Sammy was the topscorer with the bat, his tally only eclipsed by the 17 extras Australia conceded.

Clint McKay (3-10) started the rot for the tourists when he claimed the prize scalp of big-hitting opener Chris Gayle, caught by Aaron Finch at second slip for just four.

The match was effectively over as a contest when Starc used his combination of pace and swing to destroy the West Indian top order.

He claimed the wickets of Kieran Powell (11) and Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, all for ducks, in the space of eight balls.

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