Windies must stick at it: Clarke

A small but vocal minority of the Sabina Park crowd in Kingston made their feelings plain to West Indies coach Phil Simmons on Sunday.

After watching their once-proud cricket team cop a thrashing by Australia for the second time in a Test in two weeks, they’d clearly had enough.

“Shame,” they shouted at Simmons and his coaching staff after the humiliating 277-run loss, the Windies’ sixth-heaviest defeat by runs in their Test history.

Despite the ease of Australia’s victories, captain Michael Clarke has backed Simmons and the Windies young talents.

He says both coach and players must be given time to prove themselves.

“They’ve certainly got some fight in them, they’ve certainly got talent,” Clarke said.

“I just think they need to be patient.

“Phil Simmons is a lovely guy and fantastic coach, so I’ve got a lot of confidence West Indies will continue to get better.”

Windies skipper Denesh Ramdin, who himself came under scrutiny for some poor tactical decisions during the second Test, says it’s clear there’s a long way to go for his team.

But Ramdin hopes lessons can be learnt from their Australian hiding that will make his young side a better team next time around.

“The effort can’t be faulted, sometimes we fought but we didn’t fight for as long as we wanted to,” he said.

“I’d like to build a team and move forward in that vein.

“They’re one of the best all-round teams in the world and we didn’t be as consistent as we wanted to so we’d like to take this moving forward into the next series.”

WEST INDIES’ HEAVIEST TEST LOSSES BY RUNS

382 v Australia, SCG 1969

379 v Australia, Gabba 2005

352 v Australia, MCG 2000

351 v South Africa, Centurion 1991

312 v Australia, Port of Spain 1999

277 v Australia, Kingston 2015

266 v Pakistan, Port of Spain 1977

256 v England, Birmingham 2004

256 v England, Port of Spain 1960

255 v India, Chennai 1988

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