West Indies must improve quickly - Holder

March 11, 2017
West Indies ODI captain Jason Holder

BRIDGETOWN (CMC):

West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder said the team had been found wanting in nearly every department and under pressure now to improve quickly following their embarrassing defeat to England in the third and final one-day international (ODI) at Kensington Oval.

"Obviously, it wasn't up to scratch. I thought we were very poor in the field, we gifted a lot of free runs," the 24-year-old said.

"The bowlers were decent, just that I thought we were taken off our length in the middle and then we came back strongly in the end, but having said that, we didn't put up a good fight with the bat at all."

West Indies had two defeats at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua. In both games, they had chances to push England but squandered them on each occasion.

They were completely outplayed on Thursday, with England equalling their highest-ever total against the West Indies in scoring 328 off their 50 overs, and then bundling the hosts for a near record low 142.

"[I am] a bit frustrated. I felt as though although we weren't getting the wins we were moving in the right direction in terms of improvement," Holder lamented.

 

STRONG GAME

 

"We need to string together a strong collective game, and we haven't been able to do that in the series."

The series loss represented the second straight for the regional side, following on from their similar 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Pakistan last October in United Arab Emirates.

West Indies have now won just one ODI in their last 10 outings, but Holder said the squad needed to remain optimistic and focused on improvement.

"There's only one place we can go and that's forward. We've just got to get it right," the all-rounder said.

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