CUTTING SHINES IN SYDNEY
Ben Cutting finally was afforded a game for Australia this afternoon and he responded with an eye-catching bowling performance against the West Indies in Sydney.
Cutting, made 13th man for the entire ODI series until today, scythed through the middle order and seared the batsmen with his pace.
He had 3-17 off six overs at one stage before finishing with 3-45 off 10, conceding three boundaries of his last over to a thrashing Kieron Pollard.
His victims were all snared with genuine wicket-taking deliveries and he also troubled top-scorer Pollard before the West Indian's late onslaught.
After former Queenslander Mitchell Johnson took three wickets in his opening spell to reduce the Windies to 3-17, Cutting was introduced in the 16th over.
He conceded a solitary run to Pollard in his first over, then had Narsingh Deonarine edging a drive to second slip from his ninth delivery.
Shortly after he produced a ball that moved away from keeper Devon Thomas, who edged low to second slip.
Cutting bowled a maiden to Pollard and then was taken out of the attack for 20 minutes before returning to dismiss the dangerous Darren Sammy for 25, Cutting's bounce surprising the West Indian skipper and edging to first slip.
He also struck Pollard a painful blow on the gloves with a short delivery before being taken out of the attack.
He went wicketless in his final spell but showed that he was more than comfortable at that level in his second career ODI, having debuted against Sri Lanka in Adelaide last month, taking 1-42 from 10 overs and contributing 26 with the bat.
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