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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 2, 2015
BRISBANE---Team manager Richie
Richardson says the West Indies, dom-
inated by a crop of young players, must
maintain a strong and positive outlook
as they confront the mighty Australia in
a three match test series starting next
The largely inexperienced and lowly
ranked West Indies test team, led by 23-
year-old captain Jason Holder, is consid-
ered underdogs to the top ranked Aussies.
The Australians are overwhelming
favourites to sweep the series despite the
absence of some key players including
frontline pacer Mitchell Starc who is
But the former skipper says he is con-
stantly seeking to motivate the players
and boost confidence in the Windies camp.
"Obviously, Australia is a top side they
have top players. World class players. But
on any given day, you can get the better
of somebody and you got to back yourself
.You got to believe that you can get some-
body out. You have to believe you can
score a hundred against the best bowlers
in the world," said Richardson.
"When I speak to the players that s how
I talk to them. It does not matter who
you are playing against. It does not matter
how good somebody is. You got to believe
you can get the better of them and if you
do that then you start to gain respect and
you will find yourself at the same level
with them probably even past them".
The West Indies squad for the tour does
not include their biggest-name players---
who instead will be in Australia for the
Big Bash League.
Just four of the West Indies 15-man
squad have played Test cricket in Australia:
batsman Marlon Samuels, fast-bowlers
Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor and wick-
etkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
Of the rest, the only one to have played
any international cricket in Australia,
including at last summer s World Cup, is
"We have a young team that we are
grooming and we just hope they would
gather as much experience in playing Aus-
tralia. Australia is a great place to play
cricket. Great facilities. Great weather and
the cricket is very competitive," said
"So the young layers will be looking to
gain as much experience as possible and
try and compete with Australia. We got
to be positive. It s a game of cricket and
we are playing at the highest level. We
are professionals. So we just have to work
hard. Train hard and back ourselves".
Richardson, was speaking as the players
prepare for a warm-up match ahead of
the three-Test Frank Worrell Trophy Series.
The match against Cricket Australia XI
will be played at the Allan Border Field
"We have been training well and enjoy-
ing it," he said.
"Everybody is very very happy so we
are looking forward to the match starting
tomorrow and hopefully get as much out
of that match as possible leading into the
first test match in Hogarth."
HOBART---Australia have named uncapped fast
bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile in a 12-man squad for
the first test against West Indies in Hobart.
The Western Australian pacer has been selected in
place of the injured Mitchell Starc who is out for the
rest of the Australian summer after suffering a stress
fracture in his right foot during the third Test against
New Zealand in Adelaide.
Selectors released the squad -- which includes James
Pattinson, who was 12th man for the Adelaide Test
"With the exception of a forced change through
the injury to Mitchell Starc we have decided to keep
an unchanged squad following a successful series win
against a strong New Zealand side," national selector
Rod Marsh said.
"In an ideal world we would have liked Nathan
Coulter-Nile to have played some more Sheffield Shield
cricket but he has been a proven performer for Australia
in short-format cricket and has very good pace. We
think he is ready to compete at Test level if required."
Selectors have also named right-arm Victorian pace-
man Scott Boland as a stand-by player should any of
the fast-bowlers in the squad not be fit enough to
take their place for the Hobart Test.
"Hopefully all the bowlers from the Adelaide Test
recover well over the next few days but we are mindful
our fast bowlers have had a heavy workload over this
series," Marsh said.
"[Boland is] bowling very well at the moment and
is not far off selection. His seven-wicket haul against
Western Australia showed just what he can do at an
The first Test in the three-match series starts at
Bellerive Oval on December 10. Australian squad: Steve
Smith (C), David Warner (VC), Joe Burns, Nathan
Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell
Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson,
Peter Siddle, Adam Voges. (CMC)
CHITTAGONG---A ruthless unbeaten century from
Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman Evin Lewis
powered Barisal Bulls to a nine-wicket win over
Dhaka Dynamites in the 16th match of the
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) here yesterday.
23-year-old Lewis plundered 101 not out from 65
balls as Barisal lost only one wicket in chasing down
the 159 run target set by Dhaka who were sent in at
the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
He smashed seven fours and six sixes on his way
to become the sixth centurion in the tournament.
Lewis began the chase in earnest by swinging
Farhad Reza for a six over midwicket in the second
over and put on a 127 opening stand with Rony Taluk-
dar who scored 38.
Lewis got to his fifty off 39 balls, with a six off
Nabil Samad over long-off and celebrated the mile-
stone by plundering 27 runs off the next over bowled
by Ryan ten Doeschate, which included three sixes
over midwicket, long-off and cover and two fours.
He surpassed his own personal T20 best of 78 and
ended up with the highest individual score in the
BPL this season.
Earlier, Lewis s countryman Kevon Cooper picked
up two for 30 runs as Dhaka slumped to 73 for 4
by the 11th over before reaching 158 for five in 20
Kumar Sangakkara, who made 60 off 46 balls, and
a 32-ball 45 from ten Doeschate helped Dhaka to
recover after their sluggish start.
Barisal s victory over Dhaka with eight balls remain-
ing means they now have four wins, level with Rang-
pur Riders who have played an extra match.
They will get more firepower with Chris Gayle,
who had reeled off three centuries in the BPL, poised
to join the team in Dhaka next week. (CMC)
..as inexperienced Windies prepare for Aussies
Aussies pick uncapped
quickie for WI opener
Sir Curtly Ambrose, coach, and Carlos Brathwaite share a moment of fun during West Indies training session at the Allan Border
Field in Brisbane on Monday. WICB MEDIA PHOTO
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