CA XI v West Indians, tour match, 3rd day December 4, 2015

West Indians on the brink of an innings defeat

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indians 243 and 125 for 7 (Holder 26*, Lees 3-37) trail Cricket Australia XI 444 (Short 76, Peirson 64, Carder 58, Bazley 50) by 76 runs

Jason Holder's batting is the only thing preventing the West Indians from an innings defeat to a Cricket Australia XI © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Jason Holder's West Indians are staring humiliating defeat in the face after three days of their opening tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane.

The visitors are 7 for 125, still needing another 76 runs to make the modest CA XI bat again, six of whose members are making their first-class debuts, while only Jordan Silk (his 22nd match) and Cameron Boyce (45th) have played more than 10 fixtures apiece.

After resuming at 4 for 245, the CA XI progressed to 444 thanks to solid contributions by Jimmy Peirson (64), Matthew Short (76), and James Bazley (50), before the tail wagged via the blades of Tom Andrews (33) and Boyce (32).

In addition to claiming four wickets, Holder was the only West Indian to concede fewer than four runs an over on the smallish Allan Border Field. Then, and not for the first time, he was as his side's only prospect of forcing the hosts to bat again on the final day.

Holder was stranded on an unbeaten 26 after the top order melted away in disconcerting fashion. Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels could manage just 26 runs between them.