CA XI captain James Peirson remained not out on 42*

Brisbane: The West Indies trailed an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI by two runs on Thursday as they struggled to make an impression in their opening Australian tour match in Brisbane. At the close on the second day in the four-day game, CA XI, featuring six first-class debutants, were 245 for four after dismissing the Caribbean tourists for 243. In what will be a concern heading into the first Test against Australia in Hobart next week, a near full-strength West Indies team was mastered by modest opposition.  ALSO READ: Courtney Walsh expects pink ball cricket to succeed in Caribbean

Teenager Jake Carder (58), Nick Stevens (46), Josh Inglis (44) and captain James Peirson (42 not out) took apart a Windies attack which was missing only rested pace spearhead Jerome Taylor. West Indies coach Phil Simmons laughed off criticism of his young squad. “That’s the thing with young teams, it is easy for people to do that and write off teams,” he said. “I don’t think take any notice of it. It might encourage us to do better and push ourselves. It’s good when people do that. England did that at their peril,” added Simmons.  

Earlier, the West Indies struggled on the rain-hit Day 1 on their Australian tour against a modestly talented Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane on Wednesday. Only 60 overs’ play was possible on the first day of the four-day game at Allan Border Field ahead of next week’s first Test in Hobart. The Windies were restricted to 154 for six with Darren Bravo not out 46 at stumps. The inexperienced tourists gave no grounds for optimism about the upcoming three-Test series, even though the CA XI featured six players new to first-class cricket. ALSO READ: Richie Richardson: West Indies should back themselves against Australia

In Simmons’ first stint at the helm in May, the Windies upset England with a five-wicket third Test win at Barbados to level their series 1-1.