Australia v West Indies, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 2nd day December 5, 2009

Nielsen dares to dream of big win

Cricinfo staff

Australia will be pushing for another innings victory in Adelaide after Shane Watson and Simon Katich took them to 174 without loss on the second day. They remain 277 runs behind West Indies, but the coach Tim Nielsen hopes his men will keep the visitors in the field for as long as possible.

"We need to make sure we set a platform and I suppose the best way to do that for us is to aim to win by an innings," Nielsen said. "[We need to] make a big enough score that we put them under huge pressure in the second innings that they've got to survive to get past us rather than having a chance to put us under pressure on the fifth day.

"The wicket's still playing well, but we saw a couple bounce and spin from big Sulieman Benn. As the game goes on, as is traditional here in Adelaide, the wicket will start to go a little bit up and down and we expect it to spin. The big thing is that we don't get too impatient early in the game. The game moves quickly in the last half because the wicket starts to change a bit."

Brendan Nash, who compiled a patient 92, remained hopeful that West Indies could provide a surprise victory and send the series to a decider in Perth. However, he said it would be a challenge for his bowling colleagues to take 20 wickets within the next three days on a surface that was playing so well.

"It's looking pretty good," Nash said. "The Australian openers came out and batted quite well. I didn't think we bowled that poorly to be honest. The last little bit maybe not so great but it's going to be one of those wickets where we have to get their batsmen hitting to our fielders more so than to the gaps and try and restrict the boundaries. That's going to be our game-plan looking forward."