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And the West Indies thought Australia’s batsmen came out swinging. Ex-skipper Ian Chappell has not missed while assessing the tourists’ woeful opening day display at the first Test in Hobart, labelling it “depressing” and “a load of rubbish” while dubbing their bowling attack “easier than Sheffield Shield”.

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Chappell said it saddened him that the once mighty Windies had slumped to such depths after Australia went to stumps on the first day at 3-438.

It was the most runs the Windies had conceded in a day in their Test history.

But it did not stop Chappell delivering some sobering home truths.

Chappell could not hide his contempt for the lacklustre tourists’ efforts after an unbroken 317-run fourth wicket stand by Adam Voges (174no) and Shaun Marsh (139no).

It only fuelled speculation that world No.3 Australia would destroy the Windies within three days although rain was forecast for Friday.

“It’s very depressing, very sad when you know what the West Indies were like,” he told the cricinfo website of the Windies who went undefeated for 15 years in Tests from 1980.

“It’s a disgrace really their level of cricket has been allowed to slip to this stage.

“Cricket can’t allow one of its major drawcards to play like this.”

WA teammates and good friends Voges and Marsh have compiled Australia’s third-highest Test stand of all-time against the Windies, for any wicket.

They came together when Australia appeared vulnerable at 3-121 by lunch with their supposedly brittle middle order about to be exposed.

“It’s ironic that (Windies skipper) Jason Holder said in his pre-match interview that the West Indies had to get into that soft underbelly of the middle order,” Chappell said.

“But what eventuated was a load of rubbish, it was really lacklustre.

“The body language was terrible. There are a couple of blokes there who need a good kick up the backside.

“I feel sorry for Jason Holder. It is ridiculous to give such a young man the captaincy (at 24).”

Chappell said rain was the Windies’ only hope in Hobart.

“You can get some rough weather down here – that’s the only chance,” he said.

“He (Marsh) is probably thinking this is easier than Sheffield Shield cricket with some of the bowling that he has seen.”

Chappell did concede opener Joe Burns (33) appeared vulnerable with in-form Usman Khawaja (hamstring) set for a Boxing Day Test return.

“Burns is struggling a little bit against the new ball,” he said.

– AAP

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