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do -- which is
captain -- and
dy when they
do well so I think he has the right
attributes and he s coping with
the pressure really well."
Simmons, a former West Indies
all-rounder, said Holder had been
helped by advice from among the
playing squad and the support
staff -- especially chairman of
selectors Clive Lloyd who arrived
here last week.
"He s getting a lot of help. On
the field you can see help espe-
cially from Jerome Taylor in the
changing of bowlers and talking
to bowlers and things like that and
off the field from the coaching
staff," Simmons noted.
"I m sure he s getting help from
someone like Clive Lloyd. I m sure
he s speaking to him because as
one of the greatest captains we ve
had, he would ve gotten a lot of
advice from Clive too.
"I always think having Lloydie
(Clive Lloyd) around is a good
thing because guys go speak to
him one-on-one and even in the
nets at the back end, you can see
him speaking to [players] so I think
it s a good thing to have him here."
West Indies faced Australia in
the second Test starting last night
at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Premier League matches, starting against
surprise league leaders Leicester at Anfield
In three of Klopp s 15 matches as manager
of Liverpool, the team has conceded a goal
inside five minutes, including at Watford in
the 3-0 defeat last Sunday.
That early goal paved the way for a dom-
inant display by Watford at Vicarage Road
and an emphatic defeat for Liverpool. Klopp
is eager to see a response by his players.
"We need to concentrate from the first
second onwards," Klopp said. "We make dif-
ficulties by ourselves. We have to avoid starts
in games like we have done too often this
season. I want to defend a 1-0, not strike
back after 0-1."
Hiddink back at Chelsea
Guus Hiddink is back at Chelsea for the
second time in his managerial career, tasked
with salvaging the club s season after a woeful
start cost Jose Mourinho his job.
already warned his side, which is currently
15th in the Premier League, that the remainder
of the season is going to be challenging.
"It s not easy to fix," Hiddink said. " I
shouldn t be here halfway through the season
because it means that things are not going
Ranieri on the run
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri
acknowledged that some supporters are
dreaming of winning the Premier League,
with the club top of the table at Christmas
for the first time in its history.
And while many others think it s a matter
of time before Leicester falls away, Ranieri
isn t excluding anything. He says simply of
the team s title hopes: "Why can t we?"
He takes his side to Liverpool and, although
Klopp s team has struggled recently, Ranieri
is expecting a difficult match.
"The players know we are doing well but
we haven t achieved anything," Ranieri said.
"When the manager and the players make
the fans happy, then this is fantastic. But
now we are only concentrating on Liverpool,
then when we ve finished that match we will
concentrate on the next. Why can t we con-
tinue to run, run, run?"
Tottenham eyes top four
With three games coming in quick suc-
cession, Tottenham has an opportunity to
establish itself in the top four of the Premier
League during the festive period.
Its victory at Southampton last weekend,
coinciding with Manchester United s defeat
against Norwich, saw it dislodge Louis van
Gaal s side in fourth --- the final Champions
League qualifying place.
Tottenham faces Norwich at White Hart
Lane on Saturday and, with the club having
lost only twice in 17 league games this season,
Mauricio Pochettino s side heads into a busy
period with plenty of momentum.
But midfielder Tom Carroll believes Nor-
wich is a dangerous opponent after winning
at Old Trafford.
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tionals for th
West Indies. Legspin-
ner Devendra Bishoo could also be recalled if the
pitch indicates it will take turn on subsequent
Holder remained optimistic ahead of the MCG
test, despite the big loss at Hobart and the mori-
bund state of West Indies test cricket.
"We re just one good performance from turning
things around," Holder said. "We can t be negative
all the time, we just have to find ways to pick our-
ders Liverpool to
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 26, 2015
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Joe
Burns, Steve Smith (captain), Adam Voges, Mitchell
Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle,
Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg
Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood,
Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra
Chandrika, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shai
Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon
Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.
Jason Holder during
the West Indies training
session at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground on
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