Holder buoyed by Windies display in Melbourne


West Indies have been outclassed by Australia but captain Jason Holder believes the embattled tourists can take confidence into the third and final Test in Sydney, starting Sunday.

The Windies are out to avoid a series whitewash following their 177-run defeat in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, having lost by an innings and 212 runs in the opening Test last month.

It is not expected to get much better for the Windies at the SCG but Holder is buoyed by the tourists' resolve shown against the Aussies in the second match.

"We fought really well in the last two days of the last Test match and it gives us some confidence going into this one," Holder told reporters.

"It is important that we build on that and make sure we finish this Test match on a high."

"It just shows what we can do when we actually stick it out."

If the Windies are to salvage any pride from their tour Down Under, the team's bowling must improve.

West Indies have taken just 10 wickets heading into the third Test, with Australia yet to be bowled out.

Jomel Warrican has been the pick of the bowlers with three wickets and he will shoulder the load following an injury to fellow spinner Devendra Bishoo.

"We have basically leaked runs both sides of the wicket," Holder said.

"We need our bowlers to be a lot more disciplined. I have spoken about it from the first Test match and we got a little better in the second Test match but we are nowhere near where we are supposed to be.

"We need to be disciplined for longer periods of time and then you will see those attacking fields."

Holder added: "We have been accustomed to a lot of spin in the Caribbean so hopefully our batsmen can get into that a lot better than we have during this series.

"We are basically down to one spinner with Bishoo being unavailable for this Test match. So we just have to work with what we have. I'm sure Kraigg [Brathwaite] might have to come in and bowl some more overs."