Not procuring the ideal start that they may have thought of, the West Indies lost their lone warm-up Test to a very young and inexperienced Cricket Australia XI side by 10 wickets ahead of their 3-match Test series against Australia.
With the West Indies setting a target of just 10 runs in their second innings, CA XI openers Jake Carder (7 not out) and Tim Paine (6 not out) hit a boundary each as they achieved the paltry target within 3 overs.
Winning the toss, the Caribbean boys posted 243 runs on the board with Simon Milenko getting a 5-wicket haul. Cricket Australia XI, having most of them players aged 21 years or younger with most of them making their first-class debut, gave a brilliant batting display by posting a mammoth total of 444 in return. The West Indians could manage just 210 runs to be put up, while giving a target of just 10 runs, which come into possibility just because of the 79-run eighth wicket partnership between skipper Jason Holder (65) and fellow bowler Kemar Roach (36) after the team stumbled to 97 for 6 in the second innings.
“It’s a tough loss and not the start we were looking for on this tour,” Holder told reporters in Brisbane.
“We definitely have some areas to improve on. We didn’t spend enough time in the middle as batsmen and when we bowled we were not as disciplined as we should have been. We definitely need to tighten up.”
Captain Jason Holder topped the performance charts among his teammates with his all-around performance. With batting scores of 26 and 65 in both innings and taking 4 of the opposition’s wickets, the skipper would look to inspire his team to step up and perform in their respective departments to ensure they give a strong fight to the Australians at the latter’s home grounds.
“Obviously we will cop some criticism and we need to improve, there is no doubt about it going into the test against the second-ranked team in the world,” Holder said in reference to the first of the three matches against Australia starting at Hobart next Thursday.
“We have to make the most of these coming days and make sure our preparation is right heading into the test.
“We are at that stage where we are stagnant and have been for the past few months.
“We need to try something different and each player has to look in the mirror and reflect on how they can lift.”