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Alarm bells are ringing for the West Indies after they made an embarrassing start to their tour of Australia, losing their opening four-day match by 10 wickets to a young Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane.

A near full strength Windies line-up succumbed to a second string CA XI featuring six on first class debut and an average age of 21 ahead of the three-Test series against world No.2 Australia. The Windies resumed their second innings on 7-125 on the final day and were eventually bowled out for 210 thanks to captain Jason Holder’s defiant 65.

He shared a 79-run eighth wicket stand with tailender Kemar Roach (36).

The tourists did well just to make the no name hosts bat again after recovering from 7-97 on Friday.

Legspinner Cameron Boyce took 4-84 and quick Ryan Lees 3-68. A near full strength Windies have been left red faced ahead of the first Test starting at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval on Thursday. Only rested bowling spearhead Jerome Taylor was missing from the Windies XI in Brisbane.