Jason Holder Holder was the only batsman to show some resistance by scoring 65 off 99 balls © Getty Images
Jason Holder was the only West Indies batsman to show some resistance against Cricket Australia XI by scoring 65 off 99 balls © Getty Images

Johannesburg: West Indies captain Jason Holder has called on his teammates to make drastic improvement in their performance after suffering an abject 10-wicket defeat to Cricket Australia XI ahead of their three-match Test series against Australia. The tourists barely managed to avoid an innings defeat and set the home side a win target of mere 10 runs. Holder was the only batsman to show some resistance by scoring 65 off 99 balls. Holder said that they expected criticism for their performance but added that they needed to improve and make strides forward as they had been stagnant for the last few months, Sport24 reported. Australia vs West Indies 2015-16: Jason Holder insists visitors need to play aggressive cricket

West Indies, which is currently in a declining phase, had last claimed a Test victory in Australia in 1997 and will aim to improve that record when they take on second-ranked Australia in the first Test in Hobart on Thursday. Earlier, before the beginning of the series against Australia, Jason Holder had said that his side can win the series if they analyse and exploit the weaknesses of inexperienced Australian middle-order batsmen. The 24-year-old said that his side would also try to put pressure on the players, who are looking for their way back into the side. Holder insisted that his side needed to play aggressive cricket and head into the series with a lot of belief to win. Describing the Australian side as `pretty hard`, the right-handed batsman said that they have to remain confident before opposition’s bowlers. WICB: Confident of Jason Holder leading West Indies with courage and conviction