'The perfect game' - Windies captain lays cards on table

May 10, 2017
Shai Hope ... struck a high quality 90 in the second innings of the second Test against Pakistan.

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):

West Indies enter the decisive third Test against Pakistan at Windsor Park here today chasing the "perfect cricket game" as they seek to notch their first series win over a higher-ranked side in five years and turn the corner on a worrying trend of results.

A series which started in disappointment with a seven-wicket defeat at Sabina Park last month suddenly took a turn for the better last week when the Windies produced a memorable performance to crush Pakistan by 106 runs at Kensington Oval and level the three-match series.

And with the hosts on the verge of ending a protracted drought, captain Jason Holder told reporters that rather than feeling pressure, it was critical his side pulled all the various facets of their game together to execute over the next five days.

 

Perfect cricket game

 

"There's no pressure. We're in a situation where we've played some good cricket in this series so far," a calm Holder said on the eve of the contest.

"We haven't been perfect but we're striving to play a perfect cricket game. Once we strive to do that and we get 99 per cent of that going right I think we will be on the better side at the end of this game."

He added: "It always gives you confidence to win any cricket game. As I said before, there are still a few areas I would like to see them tighten up in. One, is for sure, our fielding and I urge the guys to play a perfect cricket game and there's no better chance to do than in this final game."

West Indies were almost unrecognisable in the last Test in Barbados. On every occasion they found themselves in trouble, they fought back gallantly, before producing the ultimate bowling performance on the final day to dismiss Pakistan for a record-equalling venue-low 81.

But even with the memories of the victory still fresh, Holder urged his side not to dwell on the win but rather focus on turning out an improved performance.

"It doesn't change anything for me [that this game is a series-decider]. I just take it as another cricket game," Holder noted.

"What happened in Barbados is gone already. It's important we put that behind us but not forget the good things we've done there. We have to improve on a few areas - the fielding is one especially taking our chances - [but] once we forget that (win) as quickly as possible and move on to this game, it'll be better off for us."

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