Simmons hails Holder despite another dismal day


West Indies coach Phil Simmons voiced his admiration for the way Jason Holder tried to lead the beleaguered tourists against a rampant Australia on Sunday.

Australia rammed home their dominance on day two of the second Test in Melbourne, racking up a mammoth 551-3 declared before reducing the tourists to 91-6.

With the hosts seemingly set to cruise to victory, Simmons praised Holder for the way he marshalled his downtrodden troops as both Steve Smith and Adam Voges reached unbeaten centuries in an unbroken stand of 223 for the fourth wicket.

"I love that fact that he's taken on the responsibility," Simmons said of his captain.

"Even this morning he bowled a lot ... and he said 'right, I'm going to start this, and set the tone', which is admirable. But at the same time it takes a lot out of him.

"I think it's a case where he has to know when to do that and when not to do it. But it's very admirable that he's trying to lead from the front.

"I can't speak for him exactly but it must be frustrating and it must be hard on him, being the captain, being one of the leading bowlers and looking at [him as] one of the batsmen, because he has a Test hundred recently.

"There's a lot for him as a young man to deal with. But talking to him and looking at him and I think he's doing a good job.

"I think, as in yesterday's performance too, the first hour we worked hard and we did the right things in the first hour... but then let it go in the second hour.

"And let it go in the hour after lunch. We batted fairly well leading up to tea, and then after tea some soft dismissals.

"That's the frustrating part. It's about doing the things, but not just doing it for an hour. It's about doing it for the two hours, come in and rest, do it for another two hours, and that's where we've fallen down.

"Yesterday evening we bowled pretty well late in the evening. It could have been 400 in the day but we pulled it back, and then let it go again today. That's the frustration, it's not as consistent for the two hours of a session."