Siddle will not take weak Windies lightly


Australia seamer Peter Siddle will not take the West Indies lightly in the upcoming Test series despite the tourists falling to an embarrassing defeat in a three-day warm-up match.

The Caribbean outfit fell to a 10-wicket loss to a young Cricket Australia XI that had six players making their first-class debuts, raising fears that the three-match Test series against the Aussies will be a complete blow out.

Siddle though feels that the West Indies bowlers will be the major threat ahead of the first Test, starting in Hobart on Thursday.

The 31 year-old Siddle said: "They have some strong weapons with their bowling attack. They can blast teams out when they bowl well. So I think that's going to be the big part.

"We're going to have to bat well against them I think. That's going to be their key, their bowling. And then we try and exploit their batting which won't be quite as strong.

"I haven't really taken too much notice [of the tour game]. The young Aussie side played a bloody good game up in Queensland, did well.

"You can't look too much into a tour match there, it's their first experience of getting on the shores and having a hit out. No doubt they'll come down here a lot more switched on and a lot more competitive side in the Test-match arena."

The Hobart match will be followed by the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.