West Indies head coach Phil Simmons urged the senior players in the team to take up the responsibility in the upcoming three-match Test series against Australia.
Ahead of the Test matches, West Indies will play a four-day practice game against the Cricket Australia XI which starts on Wednesday.
Simmons is backing his players to make the best use of the practice sessions and the warm-up games in order to prepare themselves for a tough contest against Australia.
“Today was the first practice and the guys looked as good as you can look after a long flight.
“We still have three days practice before the warm-up game and then three more days before the Test match,
“So I think it is about getting ourselves sharp enough going into the warm-up game and taking the warm-up game as serious as possible and making sure that during the warm-up game we do the things we want to do during the Test match.”
The current West Indies side comprises of a mix of senior players like Denesh Ramdin and Marlon Samuels along with youngsters like Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood.
Stressing on the importance of getting accustomed to the Australian conditions quickly, Simmons is confident that his senior players will step up and take the responsibility in the series.
“They are the ones we are banking on to give the knowledge to the younger players that haven’t been here, but I think everyone has to take ownership over the next week so they know what to do when we get into the Test matches.
“I think the big thing is that we get accustomed to the wickets and get accustomed to the fact that the wickets are going to be good to bat on.
“The new ball is going to be a big thing and as long as we get accustomed to the wickets and batting on the wickets when it comes time to play the long innings we will be able to do it.”
Simmons is also eagerly looking forward to see West Indies take on Australia for the first time in a Boxing Day Test match since 2000-01.
“It is huge as it has been over a decade since we have been granted a chance to play a Boxing Day Test.
“From my time we looked for the day because it is a big day and a huge occasion.
“Not only in Melbourne but all over Australia and a lot of cricket teams look forward to when they have the chance.”
West Indies have never managed to defeat Australia since 2000 in an away Test as 10 out of their 11 previous encounters ended in a defeat while managing a solitary draw in 2009.