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Jason Holder blamed on the leakage of runs from both sides of the wicket as the primary reason for West Indies’ losses © Getty Images

Sydney: West Indies have gained some confidence out of their series loss to Australia and are looking to finish their underwhelming tour on a high in the final Sydney Test, captain Jason Holder said Saturday. The eighth-ranked West Indies were trounced in the first two Tests in Hobart and Melbourne with the Australians yet to be dismissed and conceding only 10 wickets in the thumpings. The West Indies, who will be playing in their first Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 15 years, symbolising their declining reputation, will be trying to prevent the Australians from sweeping the series and possibly returning to the top of the Test rankings. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 1

Sunday’s final Test will be West Indies’ chance to show they have been improving on tour, although they have a scant winning chance against Steven Smith’s team. In a sign of the vast gulf between the two sides in this series, Australia have scored 131.30 runs per wicket loss to the West Indies’ 24.31. PREVIEW: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 3rd Test at Sydney

“We fought really well in the last two days of the last Test match and it gives us some confidence going into this one.

“It is important that we build on that and make sure we finish this Test match on a high. It just shows what we can do when we actually stick it out,” Holder told reporters.

Holder said his bowlers needed to improve for the Sydney finale.

“We have basically leaked runs both sides of the wicket. We need our bowlers to be a lot more disciplined.

“I have spoken about it from the first Test match and we got a little better in the second Test match, but we are nowhere near where we are supposed to be,” Holder was quoted as saying.

“We need to be disciplined for longer periods of time and then you will see those attacking fields.”

Holder said an injury to Devendra Bishoo means the tourists have only one recognised spinner to take into the Sydney Test, while Australia will play two spinners in Nathan Lyon and Stephen O’Keefe for the first time in a home Test in a decade at the SCG.

“We have been accustomed to a lot of spin in the Caribbean so hopefully our batsmen can get into that a lot better than we have during this series,” Holder said.

“We are basically down to one spinner with Bishoo being unavailable for this Test match. So we just have to work with what we have. I’m sure Kraigg (Brathwaite) might have to come in and bowl some more overs.”