Cricket: Watson, Faulkner give Australia 3-0 lead

CANBERRA (AFP) - Shane Watson hit a century on his return from injury and James Faulkner claimed four wickets as Australia beat the West Indies by 39 runs to claim their one-day international series on Wednesday.

Watson, opening the innings after four weeks out with a calf injury, smashed 122 off 111 balls.

Supported by 86 from Phil Hughes, he helped Australia reach 329 for seven after winning the toss in the third ODI of the five-game series.

The home side then dismissed the West Indies for 290 off 47.3 overs with left-arm medium pacer Faulkner claiming four for 48 - all bowled - to achieve another emphatic victory after wins by nine wickets and 54 runs in Perth.