Australia play the first of two tests at Windsor Park in Dominica next week and have included uncapped legspinner Fawad Ahmed in the squad along with front-line offspinner Nathan Lyon in anticipation of flat, slow wickets.
However, McDermott said Australia's pacemen could still have an impact after learning some harsh lessons from the slow pitches in the Middle East where they laboured in a 2-0 series defeat by Pakistan last year.
"We've just got to make sure we get enough balls in the right areas and be relentless and patient and stick two up their nose an over," McDermott told Cricket Australia's website (
"Certainly I've been talking to (pace bowler) Josh (Hazlewood) and (all-rounder) Mitchell Marsh in particular about using the crease and creating angles if the ball's not doing much.
"They're both tall blokes so they're going to get some bounce. We're allowed to bowl two bouncers an over so let's use them."
Coach McDermott is expecting more help from the wickets at Windsor Park and Sabina Park in Jamaica, venue for the second test, as well as from the Duke balls to be used in the series.
"I think the ball will swing naturally here more than what it did in the UAE (when) we had to try to smash it up," he said.
Australia have not lost a series home or away to West Indies since 1992/93.

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