Mark Waugh, when on song, was an artist with bat, specially in leg side or when lofting spinners out of the ground. On, 9 February 2001, Mark unleashed his full range of shots and notched up the highest score by a batsman in Australia v West indies one day matches, breaking Vivian Richards' 21 year old record..
It was a flat deck at Melbourne cricket ground and West Indies made the mistake of electing to field first, and then suffered a 125 run second wicket partnership between Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting. Andrew Symonds, sent up the order to collect even more runs, failed, but finisher Michael Beven didn't, scoring 51 ball 58. Mark Waugh, from other end, continued to bat on and was last man out, scoring 173 off 148 balls with 16 fours and 3 sixes.
West Indies put up good chase to 339, scoring 299 thanks to half centuries from Wevell hinds, Marlon Samuels and Ridley Jacobs but lost this second final of Carlton series 2001 by 39 runs.
153 not out is still the highest score by a West Indies batsman against Australia, made by Sir Vivian Richards in the second cricket world cup back on 9 December 1979. This time Aussies had elected to field first and Desmond Haynes and Richards added 205 for the second wicket.
Richards was in his usual aggressive self, smashing 16 fours and 1 six in his 130 balls innings and pushing West Indies total to 271 in this rain reduced match of 48 overs per side. West Indies won the match by 80 runs.
In between Mark Waugh and Vivian Richards, we've 158 from southpaw Mathew Hayden who hit 14 fours and 4 sixes in his 143 ball 158 in World cup 2007 against West Indies in their own backyard.
What are the other highest individual scores in Aus v WI one day matches? here's a list, limited upto all scores above 120.