ROSEAU, JUNE 7: West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin believes his team will have learnt a very harsh lesson from the Australians in the first Test here in Dominica going into the second and final match next week in Jamaica.
Australia won by nine wickets inside three days to ensure retention of the Frank Worrell Trophy, the symbol of supremacy in Test cricket between the two teams since it was introduced following the memorable 1960/61 series Down Under.
"They are a very good unit and we need to play a lot tougher cricket when we are in positions of strength," said Ramdin in reflecting on a match that came to a swift end on the third evening despite stern resistance from the fourth-wicket pair of Shane Dowrich and Marlon Samuels, who put on 144 runs, through most of the first two sessions of the day.
"We need to carry on. (It would have been better) if they could have taken it to 200-plus," the skipper suggested. "That's a very difficult pitch to get a decent start. As we saw from Adams Voges once he got a start for Australia he carried on to get a big hundred for his team."
In his first Test at the age of 35, Voges' unbeaten 130 lifted Australia from the depths of 126 for six on the second day to 318 and a first innings lead of 170.
Dowrich, also making his debut following the omission of veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul ahead of the series, batted for over four hours in compiling 70 in the West Indies second innings.
But his dismissal just before tea triggered a collapse which saw the last seven wickets going down for just 35 runs and a final total of 216, leaving the Aussies to knock off the 47 runs needed to seal victory for the loss of just one wicket.
"That decision has been made. His experience is countless but we have to move on," said Ramdin in deflecting questions over the dropping of Chanderpaul when just 87 runs away from surpassing Brian Lara as the most prolific West Indian batsman ever in Test cricket. AFP