Brisbane - The West Indies struggled on the
rain-hit opening day of 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.
The lowly-ranked Windies rested pace
spearhead Jerome Taylor but their batting line-up was expected to be the same
as for the Bellerive Oval Test starting on December 10.
Bravo was dropped on one trying to slog
legspinner Cameron Boyce out of the ground but remained unbeaten at stumps.
The tourists were 52-2 when lunch was taken
After resuming they lost three wickets for
31 before Bravo and captain Jason Holder steadied the ship.
Holder struck two fours and a six in his
34-ball knock of 26, dominating a sixth-wicket stand of 32 before being caught
behind off Queensland quick Simon Milenko (2-33).
Bravo put on 39 for the unbroken seventh
wicket with Carlos Brathwaite (25 not out), the highest stand so far of the
Rain forced the players off the field for
the final time 30 minutes into the last session.