Tinkering Taylor too busy playing eye spy

20 December 2015

Fast bowler Jerome Taylor // Getty Images


Jerome Taylor embarassed in the field as Jake Hancock scores with ease before rain hits Geelong

West Indies Tour of Australia, Two-Day Tour Match


West Indies coach Phil Simmons was left scratching his head after a schoolboy fielding error marred the side's tour game in Geelong.

The visitors declared overnight at 7-303 in their two-day clash with a Victorian XI.

The inexperienced hosts were 3-169 in response when play was abandoned on day two due to rain, with an embarrassing blunder from Jerome Taylor helping their cause.

Jake Hancock finished 80 not out on Sunday but should have been dismissed on 22.

Skipper Jason Holder was bowling in the 14th over when Hancock hooked the ball to fine leg.

It could have been a regulation catch for Taylor.

Instead the paceman was leaning on the fence with his back to play, gazing into a near-empty grandstand.

"I'll hear about it officially in a little while, because I wasn't watching at the time," Simmons admitted.

"It can't be a good look.

"It's a team trying to gain that sort of respect, so things like that, we have to make sure we cut them out."

Taylor only turned around when teammates yelled out that the ball was heading in his direction.

He awkwardly attempted to stop the Kookaburra but it bounced past for a dispiriting boundary.

Hancock, who works as a curator and opens for grade side Prahran, couldn't believe his luck.

"It was pretty good that. I definitely got away with one there," the 24-year-old said.

"I couldn't really see what happened. He wasn't even on the field, was he?

"They (the West Indies) had a little chuckle.

"They sort of just brushed it off really and kept going. They didn't seem too fazed by it."

Lackadaisical fielding was one of the West Indies' many woes in Hobart, where Australia won the first Test by an innings and 212 runs on day three.

The weekend's Boxing Day Test tune-up provided few pointers to a more competitive outing at the MCG.

The tourists never looked like running through a local side that featured students, an electrician, a policeman and two players with first-class experience.

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Legspinner Devendra Bishoo, who didn't play at Bellerive, was the leading wicket-taker with two scalps.

"I don't know what has happened to the bowling," Simmons said.

"I expect the bowling to get back to the way it was a few months ago against Australia and England."

The visitors suffered a collapse of 5-31 on Saturday, when nobody passed 50 apart from Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood.

Veteran Marlon Samuels was promoted to first drop but failed to knuckle down.

Samuels slapped some cheap boundaries off legspinner Jeremy Hart before he was caught behind.

"When you look at the 45 he got, I think most of it were gifts," Simmons said.

"Half the runs were gifts.

"As I would look at it he still hasn't got a proper start yet.

"That's what I need him to get. If he gets a proper start I think he will go on to get a big score."

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