West Indies are trailing 0-1 in the 3-match Test series vs Australia © Getty Images
West Indies are trailing 0-1 in the 3-match Test series vs Australia © Getty Images

Geelong (Australia): An embarrassing fielding blunder added to the woes of the beleaguered West Indies in their final hit-out Sunday before the second Test against Australia on Boxing Day. The Caribbean tourists, who were hammered by an innings in the first Test in Hobart, declared overnight at 303 for eight in their two-day game with a Victoria XI in Geelong. The inexperienced locals were 169 for three in reply when play was abandoned on the final day by rain, with an unprofessional piece of fielding from Jerome Taylor helping their cause. Jake Hancock finished 80 not out but should have been dismissed on 22. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 2nd Test at Melbourne

Skipper Jason Holder was bowling in the 14th over when Hancock hooked the ball to fine leg where Taylor was fielding. It what should have been a regulation catch, but Taylor was inexplicably leaning on the fence with his back to play, gazing into a near-empty grandstand. “I’ll hear about it officially in a little while, because I wasn’t watching at the time,” coach Phil Simmons told reporters.

“It can’t be a good look. It’s a team trying to gain that sort of respect, so things like that, we have to make sure we cut them out.” Taylor only turned around when teammates yelled that the ball was heading in his direction. He awkwardly attempted to stop the ball but it bounced past for a dispiriting boundary. Hancock could not believe his luck.

“It was pretty good that. I definitely got away with one there. I couldn’t really see what happened. He wasn’t even on the field, was he? They (the West Indies) had a little chuckle. They sort of just brushed it off really and kept going. They didn’t seem too fazed by it. Undisciplined fielding was one of the West Indies’ many problems in Hobart, where Australia won by an innings and 212 runs inside three days,” Hancock said.

The weekend’s tune-up provided few pointers for the tourists ahead of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Boxing Day Test showpiece. The tourists never looked like running through a local side that featured students, an electrician, a policeman and two players with first-class experience.  Legspinner Devendra Bishoo, who did not play at Hobart’a Bellerive Oval, was the leading wicket-taker with two scalps. READ: Usman Khwaja ready to open in Australia vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Melbourne

“I don’t know what has happened to the bowling. I expect the bowling to get back to the way it was a few months ago against Australia and England,” Simmons said. The tourists suffered a collapse of 5-31 on Saturday and only Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood passed 50.