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Voges inspires Australian win

Adam Voges's unbeaten century steered Australia to a 5-0 one-day international series whitewash over West Indies with a 17-run win at the MCG.

Voges hit 112 not out as Australia posted 274 for five and Mitchell Johnson and Clint McKay claimed three wickets each as West Indies were dismissed for 257 in reply, a total which included a century from Johnson Charles.

Leading the series 4-0 going into the final match, Australia were without captain Michael Clarke because of a hamstring injury.

But despite a bad start Australia recovered to set the tourists a target of 275 as Voges, who hit his maiden ODI century, received support from Brad Haddin after Tino Best had starred for the visitors.

Shane Watson, captain in the absence of the injured Clarke, was out to the first ball as the home side made a poor start, Best opening up in fine form.

Australia reached the mid-point of their innings on 88 for four but Voges, whose previous best ODI score was 80, hit an unbeaten 112 from 97 balls which included 10 fours and a six.

Haddin (43) and Shaun Marsh (40) also weighed in, with James Faulkner contributing a late unbeaten 31 as Australia's middle order added some respectability to their total.

Best bowled Watson off the first ball and Australia were in real trouble when fellow opener Aaron Finch fell with the total on two.

Dwayne Bravo then claimed the wickets of Phil Hughes (29) and Marsh to leave Australia on 82 for four but a 111-run stand for the fifth wicket between Voges and Haddin got them back on track.

Voges then put on an unbroken 81 for the sixth wicket with Faulkner to take the home side to 274.

Best and Bravo were the pick of the West Indies bowlers with two wickets each.

In the West Indies reply Charles made 100 from 121 balls, with eight fours and one six, and was supported by Kieron Pollard (45) and Darren Bravo (33).

The tourists recovered from losing Kieran Powell with seven on the scoreboard, Charles and Darren Bravo putting on 106 for the second wicket.

But when Charles was the fourth to be dismissed, immediately after reaching 100, the West Indies innings failed to recover and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Johnson was the pick of the Australia bowlers with three for 50, backed up by McKay who claimed three for 52 as the home side made it a perfect five wins from as many starts to wrap up an emphatic series victory.