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Aussies coach not underestimating West Indies

Published:Friday | November 13, 2009 | 1:57 PM

Australia cricket coach Tim Nielsen says his team will not underestimate the visiting West Indies team in the upcoming three-Test tour later this month.

Torn apart by a bitter contracts dispute, the West Indies are expected to face a tough challenge regrouping but Nielsen says the Caribbean side should be dangerous, especially with the leading players included.

As a result of the contracts dispute the top tier players went on strike, forcing selectors to choose a second string side for the Bangladesh tour and the Champions Trophy.

Following the end of the dispute last month, a full strength 15-man squad was selected for the Australian tour, with Chris Gayle re-appointed captain.

Australia have already been installed as heavy favourites to win the rubber.

The West Indies players arrived in Australia last night.

They open their tour with a four-day match against Queensland starting next Wednesday before the first Test bowls off in Brisbane eight days later.

The regional side will then play Tests in Adelaide, December 4 to 8 and in Perth, December 16 to 20 before returning home just before Christmas Day.