Consistency the key against India, says skipper Holder
PORT OF SPAIN, CMC:
West Indies captain Jason Holder has called for more consistency from his batting group as the side gets ready to face mighty India in a five-match one-day series starting here next week.
The Caribbean side struggled throughout the recent three-match rubber against minnows Afghanistan, losing the first game and winning the second, before the series decider was abandoned due to heavy rain in St Lucia.
Not a single Windies batsman managed a half-century in the series with Shai Hope getting a best of 48 not out in the second game, and Holder said this was an area that needed to be addressed.
"We are still looking for a bit more consistency, not only from him (Hope) but the entire group. I think one of our biggest things is to build partnerships. We have to find ways to build parnerships against quality bowling attacks," he pointed out.
"I felt Afghanistan had a really good bowling attack - it obviously showed in the two games which we played. But having said that, I think we have more than enough talent and ability in the dressing room to counter that.
"I think going into this series here now, it is a perfect opportunity to stamp your authority. India are now in the Champions Trophy final so they are obviously playing some good cricket so we have quality opposition to do well against.
West Indies entered the recent series as heavy favourites but were stunned in the opening ODI when they went down by 63 runs, failing to chase down a modest 213 for victory at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground.
However, they rebounded to win the second a couple days later at the same venue even though their batsmen laboured before overhauling a paltry 136 in the 40th over.
Despite the below-par showing, Holder said he was not discouraged as they had been some positive signs.