Clive Lloyd © Getty Images
Clive Lloyd © Getty Images

London: Former West Indies captain and chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd has backed his country’s players opting for lucrative Twenty20 tournaments rather than playing for their national side. Lloyd, the West Indies’ successful captain of all-time, insisted that his country’s players could not be blamed as everybody wants to secure their future. He, however, admitted that the national team have to fill the void left by their star players, the Guardian reported. Key players like Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Samuel Badree, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo have opted to play in the Big Bash League (BBL) rather than representing their nation. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 1

Meanwhile, the national side struggled to compete against Australia and are trailing 0-2 in the three-match series. They suffered a 177-run loss in the second Test in Melbourne. With the defeat, West Indies have also extended their winless streak in Test series against Australia to 23 years. The first Test of the series was even more one-sided, in which West Indies suffered a one-sided innings and 212-run defeat inside three days at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart. READ: West Indies decline disappointing, says Peter Toophey

The series however, as seen some individual brilliance, especially Darren Bravo and skipper Jason Holder. Bravo has scored 214 runs at an average of 53.50, including a fighting century in the first innings at Hobart. The third Test between the two sides, which will be a dead rubber, will begin on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. West Indies have not won a Test in Australia since 1997.