Australia looks to its tail

AUSTRALIA needs another strong performance from its tail after the top-order batsmen failed to capitalise on good starts on day one of the second Test against the West Indies.

At the close of play in Trinidad, Australia was 5 for 208, with Michael Hussey (26) and Matthew Wade (11) at the crease, after Michael Clarke had won the toss and elected to bat.

Despite the underwhelming total, Shane Watson, Australia's top scorer with 56, believes a score in excess of 300 will put Australia in a very strong position in the game.

"No doubt if we can get around 300 it will be a good first innings score and the wicket is only going to get worse," Watson said.

"It's only going to get slower, it's only going to turn more. There's no doubt our two spinners who we've got playing will certainly be able to make the most of these conditions because the wicket is only going to deteriorate and get worse."

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