Holder: We didn’t show enough fight

West Indies allrounder Jason Holder says his team need to put up more of a fight if they want to salvage anything from their current Test series against Australia.

The Windies made a bad start to the first Test in Dominica on Wednesday, being bowled out for just 148 after winning the toss and deciding to bat.

The home team got three wickets late in the day but Aussies already have 85 on the board to only be 45 runs in arrears with four days remaining.

The men from the Caribbean showed lots of character in their last series against England to come back from one-nil down to share the trophy and Holder is expecting the same sort of response from his team.

Holder told reporters after the game day's play: "We always expect a very good challenge from Australia. They're in your face all the time and that's the traditional Australian cricket. We just need to stand up and fight.

"We showed a lot of fight in the last series and we've shown fight in the past, it's within each and every individual to show some fight. We didn't show enough today, but I'm very confident we'll rebound in this series."

The lanky right-arm medium pacer also poured cold water on suggestions that the axing of veteran batsman Shiv Chanderpaul had anything to do with their collapse in the first innings.

Holder said: "Obviously Shiv has had a very good career and it's beyond me, the decision for him to be left out, I can't really answer those questions, I just think we really need to pull together as a side.

"We have a very young side and we have some very good players."