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Roberts writes off WI

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Legendary former fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts has held out little hope for West Indies in their upcoming three-Test series against Australia starting next week Down Under.

The 64-year-old said the regional side had "no chance", and argued that with the poor standard of regional cricket, the young players would struggle to make their mark against a superior Australia side with the advantage of home conditions.

"We have no chance, because we do not believe in personal development," Sir Andy told the Observer newspaper here.

"When you look at the standard of cricket in the region and somebody scores a double-hundred, you have to say this double-hundred deserves 50 or 100 instead of a double-hundred."

He continued: "All the youngsters we have brought in, from Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope, people are saying how good they are but when you look at them at the international level against the Sri Lankan attack, against the English attack down here, and even the Australian attack down here - it's going to be a lot more difficult in Australia because the ball bounces a lot more in Australia and swings a lot more in some instances."

Drew England series

West Indies drew 1-1 in the three-Test series against England in May, earlier this year, and were swept 2-0 by Australia a month later - both at home.

Last month, they were hammered 2-0 away to Sri Lanka, in another disappointing outing.

West Indies have struggled in their only tour match which is currently ongoing in Brisbane, and are facing an innings defeat on Saturday's final day.

They have not won a Test in Australia in 18 years, and have failed to beat the long-standing rivals in a Test period since 2003.

West Indies face Australia in the first Test in Hobart starting December 10.