BRISBANE, Australia (CMC) -- Captain Jason Holder has urged his inexperienced West Indies side to be fearless and aggressive but not reckless, as they attempt to break a near two-decade long streak of not having won a Test Down Under.
The 24-year-old Holder, in only his second series as Test captain, said yesterday though Australia were ranked number two in the world and West Indies six places lower, it was important for the Caribbean side to be confident and aggressive in their approach and not to be intimidated by their opponents.
"I had a week home (following the recent Sri Lanka tour) and I actually had time to see a series when Australia came to the Caribbean and Steve Waugh stood up to the West Indies fast bowlers and had a good rivalry with Curtly Ambrose," Holder told reporters here. "I took a lot from that experience just watching it... Australia are probably at the top at the present time so if we can just be a little more fearless and show we are not frightened for them. In that sense, be a little more aggressive and be smart... not reckless, but at the end of the day be smart and back our abilities."
Australia gamble on Nathan Coulter-Nile for Test against West Indies
Mon, Nov 30, '15
NATHAN Coulter-Nile is in line to play a Test match this summer with no Sheffield Shield matches under his belt after being picked in Australia’s squad for the series opener against the West Indies in Hobart.
It’s an extraordinary gamble on a 28-year-old who has a chequered injury history and has never played Test cricket.
Young Victorian bolter Scott Boland has been named as a standby player should frontline quicks Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson incur any setbacks in the lead up to the match starting on December 10.
If Coulter-Nile, a player who has suffered consistent hamstring problems, is left out of the XI for Hobart, he still wouldn’t get any first-class cricket in before he is potentially needed for the second and third Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Sunil Narine will receive the full support of the West Indies Cricket Board, following his suspension from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
The suspension followed the announcement from the International Cricket Council, the sport’s World governing body, that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Narine to be illegal.
“It will be a blow to Sunil to have failed the ICC biomechanics assessment of his action and be suspended from bowling,” said WICB Director of Cricket Richard Pybus.
“We will be offering our support to Sunil as he does the remedial work on his bowling action. I know the time and effort he has put in to do this work previously and I am sure this will just deepen his resolve to come back a better bowler.”
Narine was reported after the third One-day International on the Tour of Sri Lanka earlier this month.
WSC, coincidences and synchronicity in West Indies v Australia Test Series!
Mon, Nov 30, '15
by COLIN CROFT
“Coincidences never happen. They are God’s plans that us humans know nothing about!” Thus spoke the old sage. But if coincidences do not actually occur, then surely synchronicity, that element of several related important things happening exactly at the same time, must be real! Great timing allows West Indies to be now touring Australia, for three Tests, at the same instant when Cricket Australia (CA); eventually International Cricket Council will also concur; finally plans to honour and recognise records of 1970’s era Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket (WSC). Influenced by WSC’s initial use of a ball coloured in a hue other than red – white, in that original case – pink balls are being used for the very first time in an official day-night Test, featuring Australia and New Zealand. One might come to the conclusion that massive coincidences do actually happen, but maybe God planned this too for our great game! What is amazing is that it took nearly 40 years after WSC’s life; 1977-1979; for cricket’s authorities to recognize how very useful all innovations from that period have really been. All have played regularly in coloured clothing and with white balls in shorter formats of the game, as “invented” by WSC, but until now, Tests were on hallowed ground. Nothing is new anymore! Considering that ICC, CA’s forerunner Australian Cricket Board, Kerry Packer and Marylebone Cricket Club – MCC – were at such serious, cantankerous loggerheads that they eventually ended up in court for WSC to even begin in 1977/78, Packer must be laughing very loudly up there!