Holder wants fearless Windies to confront Aussies
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.
"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."
He added: "It is one of the biggest challenges [of my career]. Obviously, they are a very good side playing at home so it's just important again that we learn as quickly as possible and not be intimidated by their bowlers and be confident. Once we make improvements I'm happy at the end of the series."
West Indies arrived last week to begin preparation for the three-Test rubber set to bowl off on December 10 in Hobart.
The Caribbean side have not won a Test in Australia since a Courtney Walsh-led unit trounced Mark Taylor's world-beaters by 10
wickets back in 1997.
Since then, they have lost 10 of the 11 Tests played there, a dismal record which has coincided with their slide precariously close to the bottom of the ICC Test rankings.
"We're pretty confident coming into the series. We obviously got here pretty early to try to get acclimatised to the conditions," said Holder.