We'll come hard at Australia - Jason Holder
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder has stated that his side is totally pumped up to take on the visiting Australian team for the Test series which begins this week.
While Holder is aware of the challenges that the Australian team may pose, he hopes that West Indies will feed off the confidence gained from the recent series against England.
"They're ranked No.2 in the world and that says a lot," Holder said.
"We'll be coming in quite hard at them.
Looking to be aggressive and at least continue the rich vein of form we had in the England series."
West Indies’ dismal performances in the longer version of the game over the last couple of years have seen them slip down the rankings.
While the gulf in rankings between the two sides is big, Holder insisted that West Indies will not be soft in their approach during the series.
"We're currently down at eight and we need to work our way up.
“We have to give them the respect they're due but obviously we're coming to compete and win this series.”
West Indies are going into the series on the back of the controversial sacking of veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
When asked about the issue, the 23-year-old pacer dodged the questions in a very diplomatic manner and hopes that his side will not get distracted by it.
“The exclusion of Shiv has caused a lot of talk," Holder said.
"That's beyond me at this present time, my focus right now is on cricket.
“It's quite important we put cricket first and try to perform well against Australia."
The first Test of the two-match series between the two sides will begin in Dominica on Wednesday.
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