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Windies humbled

BRISBANE, Australia — Skipper Jason Holder said he expected the West Indies to be heavily criticised after an alarming 10-wicket loss to the Cricket Australia XI on Saturday, just days before their opening Test with Australia.

In what will only add to concerns about the Windies’ level of competitiveness ahead of the three-Test series, the tourists buckled to an ignominious defeat in their only warm-up game ahead of next week’s first Test in Hobart.

The tourists managed to narrowly avoid an innings defeat with Holder scoring 65 off 99 balls to leave the home side with just 10 runs to win.

CA XI openers Tim Paine (6) and Jake Carder (7) needed just 17 balls to rustle up the required runs and inflict an embarrassing defeat on the West Indies.
Holder was trying to put on a brave face after the humiliation against a cobbled-together young side, featuring six players making their first-class debuts.

“Obviously we are going to cop a bit of criticism but we need to improve, no doubt about it,” Holder told reporters.

“We are at a stage now where we need to make strides forward, we have been stagnant the last few months.

“We need to pick ourselves up, look ourselves in the mirror and find something in ourselves.”

Holder admitted it would be a challenge to inspire his teammates ahead of the Bellerive Oval Test, but urged them to bounce back.

“The guys just have to take ownership sometimes,” he said.

“Once we own up to our mistakes we have to be positive and look at ways to improve.

“We are not looking for excuses, just ways to improve — that way we will move forward faster than we are at the moment.”

The Windies are a pale imitation of their glory days a quarter of a century ago and have been written off by the pundits heading into the Test series.

The once-formidable West Indies last won a Test in Australia in 1997 and last won a series here in 1992-93.

The second-ranked Australians are again expected to be too strong for the eighth-rated West Indies in the series, starting in Hobart on December 10.

The Caribbean tourists were bowled out for 243 and 210 by a rookie CA XI attack that pales in comparison to the Australian line-up waiting for them in Tasmania, albeit without left-arm quicks Mitchell Starc (injury) and Mitchell Johnson (retirement).

And their bowling arsenal hardly fired a shot as the CA XI amassed 444 off 104.2 overs in their first innings.

Holder was one of the few shining lights for the visitors.

Apart from his second innings half-century, Holder thrashed 26 in their first dig and took 4-76 with the ball.

There will be some soul searching ahead for the Windies side as they look for answers to stay in the contest against Steve Smith’s Australians, who last week clinched a 2-0 home series win over New Zealand. (AFP)

11 Responses to Windies humbled

  1. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace December 5, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    it looks as though the only thing west indies will win in Australia is the toss,lol.

    • Violeta Patricia Piggott
      Violeta Patricia Piggott December 6, 2015 at 7:21 am
    • Byron December 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Hahaha… Nice one! These guys are a shameful bunch. I don’t think the answer is to merely play T20. The game needs leadership, at all level. Notice how it’s only Holder who is trying, and that’s because he is the captain. Trace the performance of each WI captain since Brian Lara, you will notice only those who are captain put an effort to play and commit to winning. But unfortunately, one person can play and win a game of cricket. It’s as though the remaining 10 players don’t care. How about making all 11 players captain of the game. Maybe that’s when we will see some commitment from everyone.

      On another note, we need to accept that WI has cricketing skills. In my view, the skills is not been harness, stored, managed, and so on. Many better players than those in Australia now have been left behind in the Caribbean. They were not selected. Why persist with failures? Lendi Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Dwayne Smith, along with Ravi Rampaul, and Bajan guy call Corey somebody, I forgot his surname – all these guys should be in the current team. WI needs to be professionalised, and pay the team as professionals whether they touring or not, so that the players can focus on the game as full time employment, not based on a contract at a time. If you don’t get a contract, one year, you have nothing, no earnings. That’s nonsense. Nobody can play sports in that environment.

  2. Donna December 6, 2015 at 5:41 am

    I think we should just stop playing anything but T20. That’s the only format in which we have a chance.(And ever will have a chance, it seems.) I won’t be watching but those who know nothing about cricket will fill the stands for a bit of slap and tickle.

  3. Erroll Byer December 6, 2015 at 7:26 am

    To the present “crop” of WI Cricket players are now purely Westernized socially, psychologically, and emotionall, as per time, place, and person! They are almost one hundred percent inculcated in the culture of “The Americas”, fast life, fast games, fast music, fast cars, fast relationships, fast foods, fast money, fast (cyber) communications! Apparently, the gravitational attractions between the ways of the “Colonial Powers, and their now, independent Colonists, in the “Western World”, appear to be fading as rapidly as a “setting sun”! Not so with the Colonists of the ” Older World”, they all still embrace, and remain still quite passionate about the “Gentleman’s Game”, and are always willing to give it “A Jolly Good Go”!! India, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, to name a few!! However, the sixty-five year old standard bearer of the Americas, exhibits no such inclination, and appear much more comfortable with American Basket Ball, Soccer, and a shortened (fast form) of cricket! Worry not, you diehards, it is only part of the “human evolutionary process”! Geography and freedom of choice may be greater indicator of allegiance, than tradition, or colonial inheritance!!—Whatever, I do not see this format of cricket being resurrected to its former glory, as I, and my contemporaries, along with most other West Indians, of that era, would have been accustomed!!—The present players, their selectors, along with the officials of the WICBC, appear to have all lost their way, in that deep mire of despair, from which one seldom return!!–Fear not however, 65 years was a long run for all of us, who have been so fortunate to have been around, to enjoy and bear witness. To all others, the other two shortened versions of the game, are also very exciting, and fit right in with today’s “tempo”!!—-Fast and Furious Living!!—–Peace!

  4. Alex Alleyne December 6, 2015 at 8:38 am

    @Donna, Former Barbados and WI batsman Carlisle Best has been saying the same thing for years , that the WI should focus on T20 and dominate that format. WI just don’t seems to have the youngsters with a “TEST cricket brain” in order to last out in the middle for 5 days.
    WI just ain’t going anywhere with Richard Bypus .

  5. G-Flash December 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Do you really believe that any T20 dominance that we might have will be permanent?

    As that game evolves, we will be left behind again.

    ***nothing wrong with making mistakes unless you don’t learn from them***

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Wunna just turn up to model the uniform! No pride whatsoever!

  7. Eddie Forde December 6, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    W I does not have the skill or the temperament for test cricket.The whole team think that they are better than they really are. I have watched W I cricket since the early 50’s and I cannot remember a more sorry state than now. I have been waiting for far too long now for them to turn the corner only to be disappointed every time. The bowling department is very weak.Experience bowlers dont seem to know how to bowl a tight line and keep a good length. They bowl too short and two wide, they have no control whatsoever. The batsmen don’t move their feet, they can’t concentrate for long periods and can’t put a decent score on the board. I will keep on watching them and supporting them, but I know that I will only get depressed again. Prove me wrong W Iand give me something to cheer for!!!

  8. Fred Dexter December 6, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    This West Indies team should stop playing Test cricket. Look at the stats…Chandrika has played 36 first class matches with only one century…and he has made the test side !!
    Same story with Shai Hope…
    West Indies were beaten by an Australian team of which six players were making their first class debut.
    The great West Indian cricketers of former years must be turning in their graves.

  9. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN December 7, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I am even ashamed to write this ,because someone might recognize me as a die hard West Indian fan.How could the current bunch of West Indian selectors come up with the team that is in Australia? You have so call batsmen on the team that have never made three consecutive fifties or two first class centuries batting somewhere between one and five.This is absolutely madness .
    I might be wrong ,because BoBo is sometimes known to be wrong , but I think that the West Indies were obliged to send fifteen people to Australia to be made a laughing stock of and because this tour had to be somehow fulfilled , they was a Board’s descision that no matter who we send ,we had to send some one.
    I expect Steve Smith will more than likely break Brian Laras’s record during this tour.
    You can all say then that even BoBo a Clown saw it coming.


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