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Aus vs WI – 1st Test 2022

On what is expected to be a dynamic and fast pitch at Optus Stadium, a far cry from the slower Caribbean surfaces, the West Indies have been urged to be restrained and patient against Australia’s experienced batsmen in the first Test which begins on Wednesday.

Having not won a Test in Australia for 25 years, the West Indies are the underdogs in the two-Test series, but their quick talents provide hope of a positive result on favorable terms for the bowlers. While it will be tempting for them to unleash an all-out assault against a team returning from a four-month Test break, they have been advised against bowling too full or too short on a pitch where runs can come quickly.

“People get carried away when they see the carry and the bounce, but you still have to find a good suitable length for the wicket,” Jason Holder said on Monday. “Understanding when to attack, when to defend and just understanding the context of the scenarios and the phase of the game.

“I think the most important thing for our bowlers is to make sure the Australian batsmen work very hard for their careers. We just have to assess the conditions early and make the necessary adjustments.”

Holder said he would be available to bowl in the Tests after not being used for the two warm-up matches.

Anticipation is building for Alzarri Joseph’s first Test in Australia. In a bid to shake up a veteran Australian veteran, Joseph is expected to be used in short, sharp bursts in warm Perth.

“We’ve been through a lot as a team and it’s not going to be an easy tour”

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“He’s got pace and he’s very aggressive. A guy that will be an enforcer,” Holder said of Joseph, who can consistently throw around 145kph/90mph. The added responsibility underscores Joseph’s growing maturity after making his Test debut aged 19 in 2016.

“Actually, I was quite surprised that she’s 26… we celebrated her birthday on tour recently,” Holder said. “It’s unbelievable how much time has passed, it’s good to see him fit and healthy. He’s obviously developed a lot because he was very introverted and didn’t say much in the dressing room. He feels much more comfortable with his teammates, he’s one of the more experienced activists when it comes to cricket in all formats”.

Joseph should make an exciting pairing with Jayden Seales, who stormed Test cricket with 36 wickets at 21.77 in nine matches.

“I think Jayden has a lot of ability … he has swing and control. I think those are his two biggest attributes,” Holder said. “Maybe there’s not much swing in these conditions, but it’s good enough to extract some movement.”

While the West Indies’ slump in white-ball cricket was underscored by an early exit in the T20 World Cup recently, they have shown glimpses of a Test renaissance marked by an impressive home win against England in March.

“If you look at the core of the test side, I think we’ve been together for the last five or six years,” Holder said. “I think that’s really important compared to the other sides…probably a little more cut and switch.

“I think our long-form cricket has really developed, so those are very good signs and a lot of our players are developing.”

With the West Indies refreshed after some much-needed respite, Holder was inspired by Kemar Roach’s memorable poison spell on Ricky Ponting in the WACA in 2009 as they sought to end a voodoo run in Australia.

“It’s a tour where people can make a name for themselves. Kemar Roach…has become one of our leading bowlers,” Holder said. “We’ve been through a lot as a team and it’s not going to be an easy tour.”

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