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Holder wants to target Australia's new-look middle order

Holder wants to target Australia's new-look middle order
In the two Tests, Jason Holder has played against Australia, he has managed to pick just three wickets.
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West Indies captain Jason Holder is looking to target Australia's new-look middle order when the two teams meet in December for a three-match Test series.

After the retirement of their senior players post the 2015 Ashes, Australia have set off on the right foot by beating New Zealand 2-0 in the recently concluded Trans-Tasman Trophy.

In 2015, West Indies have played eight Test matches and have managed to win only one game against England back in May.

West Indies were also beaten 2-0 by Australia in the Test series when they hosted the 2015 World Cup champions in June this year.

On the other hand, Australia have won six and drew two of the 11 Tests they played this year, with all the three defeats coming in the 2015 Ashes.

With the Australian top-order in excellent form, Holder is aiming to pick early wickets upfront and put the inexperienced middle-order under pressure.

“We’ve seen weaknesses we can exploit.

“They have some in-form batsmen like David Warner and Steve Smith so it’s important we put pressure on the middle order.

“If we can get some early wickets with the new ball we can get guys like Shaun Marsh, who are trying to make their way back into the side, and put them under some pressure to score.

“Once we do that, then it should be a relatively competitive series.” 

Holder also stressed on the importance of getting the ball to move in the air and off the seam in Australian conditions to cause trouble for the batsmen.

“Not only do we have the pace but I think we have bowlers to extract the movement.

“One of the crucial things in this series is to extract some movement.

“We have to be skilful.”

Stating that it is crucial for West Indies to play the series with a positive frame of mind, Holder said that West Indies are backing themselves to perform well against Australia.

“We don’t just come with some belief.

“We’ve come with a lot of belief.

“We have to play aggressive cricket and we have to play smart cricket.”

West Indies last won a Test match against Australia in May 2003 when they chased down 418 runs in the fourth innings in Antigua to complete the highest successful chase in Test cricket history.

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