Holder hurting after latest West Indies defeat


West Indies captain Jason Holder was left frustrated and disappointed after the tourists slipped to a 177-run defeat to Australia in Melbourne.

Tasked with batting for the final two days to save the second Test, the West Indies were dismissed for 282 on Tuesday, with Dinesh Ramdin (59) and Holder (68) the only batsmen to provide any real resistance.

The same could not be said for the top order as they all failed to convert starts into big scores, wickets falling regularly as Australia closed in on victory.

Mitchell Marsh (4-61) completed the win as Jerome Taylor (0) became his fourth victim of the innings, handing the hosts the series with one match to play.

"It hurts," said Holder. "You're playing for your country and you lose games, it's not a nice feeling, especially after all we've been through. 

"Knowing everything going on around us it's just disappointing but I thought we showed a lot of improvement from the first Test match.

"Obviously I'm still disappointed we didn't put up a better fight but credit to the way the guys played, especially [Darren] Bravo in the first innings and Ramdin in the second." 

He added: "I thought the bowlers tried, and it was a better effort in this game.

"We've got to look at how we bowl, we didn't come up the mark again. We didn't control the game the way we would have liked, obviously the bowlers were going a fair bit, they need to take stock of what they are doing and understand a little bit more the situations in the game.

"Our bowlers need to be a lot more disciplined than we are at the moment. We need to control the game more, we have to find ways to contain."

The third and final Test starts in Sydney on Sunday.