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Sunday, February 03, 2013

PERTH - West Indies captain Darren Sammy admits it will be hard to erase the pain of his team's embarrassing nine-wicket loss to Australia at the WACA Ground on Friday.

In one of the most one-sided clashes in ODI history, the West Indies were skittled for 70 in 23.5 overs before Australia reached the victory total with 40.4 overs to spare.

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc was the hero with a career-best 5-20, before makeshift opener Glenn Maxwell cracked nine fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 51 off 35 balls.

Such was the disparity of class between the two sides, Australia had already scored more than a quarter of the victory target after just five balls following Maxwell's early onslaught, in which he cracked Kemar Roach for three fours and a six.

Game two of the five-match series will be played today at the WACA and Sammy said although the first-up loss will be hard to forget, he backed his players to rebound.

"We know we have the ability to bounce back and that's what I will tell the boys," Sammy said.

"Yes it's going to be hard to wipe what happened off the memory. But we've had great games against them and we'll think about the positives. We need to dust ourselves off and believe we can be successful against them."


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