Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 19th 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 19, 2015
GEELONG, Australia---In the wake of heavy
losses in their only two fixtures on tour,
West Indies will look to defy soaring tem-
peratures and make the most of their two-
day match against the Victoria XI, as they
continue their build-up to the second Test
match against Australia starting next Sat-
urday (Boxing Day).
Skipper Jason Holder said the match, which
bowls of today, would give all the batsmen
a chance to get some time in the middle,
while offering the bowlers an opportunity
to get acclimatised to the relative heat of the
mainland---significantly warmer than the
conditions experienced in the first Test in
The weekend forecast in Geelong is for
40 degrees Celsius but Holder said his players
were prepared for the dry heat at the Simonds
Officials at the stadium have brought in
special cooling fans as well as scheduled extra
"It s just a matter of adapting. We played
in some cooler conditions (in Hobart) and
now we face warmer conditions," Holder told
members of the media here.
"Many of us have played in the subcon-
tinent and we all know that it can be quite
humid as well, so I don t think it will be any-
thing we haven t experienced.
"It s two days but we have to make the
most of it. It s what s on the schedule and
what we have to work with. We will get a
chance for the batsmen to get in on what
appears to be a good pitch. We have to make
the most of the opportunity here."
West Indies have made a nightmare start
to their tour Down Under and are under
immense pressure to improve ahead of the
Melbourne Test starting in just over a week s
They lost their opening four-day tour
match to a Cricket Australia XI by ten wickets
and then were hammered inside three days
by an innings and 212 runs in the opening
Test in Hobart.
Holder said the two-day match would also
be key opportunity for his bowling staff to
make the necessary changes ahead of the
Boxing Day contest.
"On the bowling side, we have done a lot
of bowling in the nets, so this will serve as
a chance to get a few things right in the mid-
dle," the 24-year-old said. "We will look at
the plans we have for the MCG Test, which
is what we re working towards." (CMC)
Windies to defy soaring
temperatures as tour starts
captain Stafanie Taylor
kept up her good form in
the Women s Big Bash
League as Sydney Thunder
won their second straight
game with a 18-run victory
over Stacy-Ann King s
Adelaine Strikers yester-
Playing at Allan Border
Field, Thunder gathered a
below-par 121 for five but
Strikers mangled their run
chase and finished on 103
for nine from their 20 overs.
The victory for Thunder
followed their nine-wicket
win over Sydney Sixers two
weeks ago in their opening
game of the campaign
where Taylor struck an
Opting to bat first on Fri-
day, Thunder were pro-
pelled by captain Alex
Blackwell s top score of 44
not out while Taylor stroked
a patient 30.
Taylor and Rachael
Haynes (12) put on 31 off
30 deliveries for the first
wicket before Haynes and
Naomi Stalenburg (2) fell in
the space of seven balls to
leave Thunder on 36 for
The right-handed Taylor,
who faced 28 balls and
counted five fours, then
posted 31 for the third
wicket with Blackwell
before falling at 67 for
three, lbw to 18-year-old
seamer Amanda Welling-
In reply, Strikers suffered
a disastrous start when they
slumped to eight for three
and never recovered,
despite a fighting 19 off 31
balls from Sophie Devine
and a defiant 25 off 33 balls
from Tegan McPharlin.
The 32-year-old King, a
fixture in the Windies
Women s team in recent
years, managed just three
batting at number seven.
Fast bowler Rene Farrell
was the best bowler with
three for 23 while Taylor s
three overs yielded 16 runs.
Taylor strikes second
straight win for Thunder
BRISBANE---Leg-spinner Samuel Badree
believes the problems of West Indies cricket are
now too big for authorities in the region to fix.
As such, he said yesterday that cricket s world
governing body, the International Cricket Council
or Caribbean governments may need to intervene,
to halt the decline.
"It s disappointing and deeply painful to be a
player and to see the level we have reached," said
Badree, who has signed to play with Brisbane
Heat in the Big Bash League.
"There has been a lot of conjecture about the
reasons and I don t want to get into that---just
to say that we need help.
"Whether it comes from the ICC or whether
it comes from the governments of the West Indies,
at the end of the day we need some help to get
our cricket back on the right track."
The 34-year-old Badree has played 22 Twen-
ty20 Internationals for West Indies but is yet to
play Test or one-day cricket.
He has risen to become the number two ranked
bowler in the world and like many West Indies
players, has opted to focus on the lucrative T20
leagues around the world in recent years.
Badree is joined by fellow West Indies and
Trinidad and Tobago player, Lendl Simmons for
Heat s campaign in the Big Bash.
Tonight, the Caribbean team will take on Mel-
bourne Renegades featuring Windies teammates
Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, and Badree said
he was fully aware of his role for the Heat.
"As one of the international players, I need to
step up to the challenge," Badree said.
"People doubted spinners initially in Twenty20
cricket but you have seen the success of slow
bowlers. Spinners all over the world have adapted
well [to T20 cricket]." (CMC)
We need help
West Indies captain Jason
Holder...wants his side to use
two-day tour match to correct
issues ahead of the Second Test.
Stafanie Taylor...scored 30 in Sydney Thunder's victory.
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