Surprise tour

West Indies coach David Williams acknowledges the enormity of the task, but he feels they can spring a surprise, and topple Australia in their three-Test series, starting next week.

Williams feels the unknown factor about some of his players could be their advantage against the Australians.

“Australia are not fully aware of some of the guys we have in our squad, so that is something that could probably work for us,” said Williams.

“I think we have a good chance. In the last series we played against them in the Caribbean, it was very, very competitive, and we came very close to winning one of the three Tests.

“We have some experienced guys, and some young guys. It is all about meshing them together, and trying to get the senior guys to pull their weight, and the young guys to fill in.

“It has to be a total team effort if we are going to beat Australia. Every ‘man-jack’ will have to play his part.”

West Indies’ preparation for the series has not been ideal. The last Test they played was against Bangladesh in July, and for the players that made themselves unavailable for selection during the recent impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board, it has been longer.

The players were all part of the recent WICB President’s Cup limited-overs competition, but this was badly hit by rain, and restricted the match practice of several players.

“We haven’t had much four-day, or five-day practice recently,” said Williams. “A few of the guys had a hit and a run-out in Guyana, but this was not the ideal thing.

“We have 13 days in Australia before the opening Test and this includes a four-day match against Queensland, so we will use this for our preparation.”

Williams said the players have to be prepared to work hard if they want to see success on the field in Australia.

West Indies play Queensland in a four-day match from tomorrow, their only warm-up match before the first Test begins in Brisbane eight days later.

The regional side will then play Tests in Adelaide (4-8 December) and in Perth (16-20 December) before returning home just before Christmas Day.

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