Richie seeking to lift Windies
BRISBANE, Australia, CMC:
Team manager Richie Richardson says the West Indies, dominated 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 week.
The largely inexperienced and lowly ranked West Indies Test team, led by 23-year-old captain Jason Holder, is considered 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 injured.
"Obviously, Australia are 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 have got to believe that you can get somebody out. You have to believe you can score a hundred against the best bowlers in the world," said Richardson.
big name PLAYERS
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 wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
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 starting today (last night Jamaica time).