Warner will not take Windies lightly


Australia's opening batsman David Warner is expecting the West Indies fast bowlers to come hard at them when the first Test, of the three-match series, gets underway in Hobart on Thursday.

Warner has struggled against the Windies in the past, with the left-hander only averaging 26.9 from his previous five Tests against the Caribbean side.

Jerome Taylor and Kemar Taylor are two experienced new-ball bowlers and Warner is taking nothing for granted even though the hosts are favourites win the series three-nil.

Warner said: "We have to come out and execute our skills as well as we can. As a batting unit we know they are going to come real hard in the first session.

"They did that when we were in the West Indies, they got early wickets against us. We had to play the sensible game of playing straight but that was for the conditions over there.

"Conditions here are a little bit in favour of the batsmen – you can actually play your shots. It will be interesting to see what lengths they bowl.

"I know Jerome Taylor likes to bowl it full because he likes to swing the ball. A high percentage of his wickets are caught behind – that’s something we have to take notice of.

"And Kemar Roach is a very good bowler, he swings them away, sort of angles it into the right handers. We will have to be on top of our game."