Windies hunt precious win
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC:
Captain Jason Holder was under no illusions yesterday about what West Indies needed to do in order to qualify for the final of the Tri-Nations Series.
Ahead of their two final preliminary games, the hosts are bottom of the three-team tournament on eight points, four adrift of leaders South Africa and three behind World champions Australia.
"That's exactly what it is: two matches, two wins. It's about being consistent and making the improvements," Holder told reporters here ahead of today's all-important contest against Australia at Kensington Oval.
"If you look through the series, you've got Sunil (Narine) with a five-wicket haul and we haven't got a hundred yet in the series ,so that's one of the boxes we need to tick off.
"It would be good to see one of the top four batsmen get a hundred and not only a hundred but a big hundred in a match-winning cause. If we can get that, that would be a definite sign of improvement."
Heading into the Barbados final leg, all three teams had won twice and lost twice, but the Proteas sat top of the standings after securing bonus points on offer.
Sunday's rained out game saw South Africa secure a further two points which virtually put them in Sunday's final, but it left Australia definitely needing to win against West Indies in their final game, to make sure of their place in the championship game.
SQUAD Jason Holder (captain), Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Jonathan Carter, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn, Shannon Gabriel, Ashley Nurse.