Peter Siddle meanwhile, will be fighting to maintain his place in the side in the upcoming Test series against West Indies © Getty Images
Peter Siddle meanwhile, will be fighting to maintain his place in the side in the upcoming Test series against West Indies © Getty Images

Australian pacer Peter Siddle said on Sunday that West Indies still were a side to watch out for ahead of the first of the three-Test series at Hobart starting Thursday. Siddle made his thoughts public barely a couple of days after West Indies were handed a 10-wicket thrashing by Cricket Australia XI (CA XI) in their tour game at Brisbane, narrowly surviving an innings defeat in the first place. While the defeat raised serious concerns over West Indies’ competitiveness in the upcoming series, which will be the latest edition of the ‘Frank Worrell Trophy’, Siddle maintained that the side would be more serious and put up a better show in the upcoming Test series. READ: West Indies has future star hidden in squad for Australia tour, feels Courtney Walsh

“I haven’t taken too much notice (of the result). The young Aussie side played a bloody good game up in Queensland, did well. (But) you can’t look too much into a tour match there.

“It’s (the West Indies’) first experience after getting on our shores and they are having a hit out. No doubt they will come down here switched on and more competitive,” Siddle was quoted as saying according to a report on cricket.com.au.

“They’ve got some strong weapons with their bowling attack. They can blast teams out when they bowl well. We will have to bat well then we will exploit their batting which is not going to be quite as strong,” Siddle further added, maintaining that the Australians were taking West Indies seriously despite the latter’s walloping in the tour game.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder, whose brave innings of 65 in the second innings helped avert an innings defeat, admitted to several shortcomings on his team’s part so far in the tour of Australia. He however, expressed confidence in his side’s ability to exploit Australia’s “weak middle-order”. West Indies have not won a Test in Australia for the last 18 years, and last won a series here in 1992-93.