Tuesday 16 July 2013 

Holder Looking For Further Improvement

Jason Holder (left) and Darren Sammy talk to the media ahead of the second ODI against Pakistan in Guyana
© WICB Media
 

Fresh from taking four for 13 in the first One-Day International, West Indies fast bowler Jason Holder is searching for improvement, both for himself, and the team ahead of the second game in the five-match series.

Although his burst with the new ball reduced Pakistan to 47 for five, the tourists bounced back to win the opening match after West Indies were bowled out for 98 chasing 225.

The 21-year-old was playing just his fourth ODI but proved too hot for the Pakistan top order to handle, bowling Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez.

"I am very pleased about the performance," Holder said. "I felt good running in and I was able to put the ball exactly where I wanted.

"Obviously we did not get the result we wanted but I think the guys will be looking to bounce back, while I will be looking to continue the same form by putting the Pakistanis under pressure early."

Rain briefly interrupted the first match, forced both teams to cancel their Monday training sessions and more is forecast for the second game tonight (16th July).

Nevertheless, Holder hopes the rain stays away and that his team can bounce back.

“It was a good pitch to bowl on especially after it dried out," Holder said. "I was happy with the bounce and movement I got. Once you find the ideal length, you would enjoy bowling on it. It spun in the second half and like I said, it is not a bad pitch. We just need to apply ourselves a bit more and get the runs.

"At the beginning of the day, if someone had told me I would have such remarkable figures I would take it on any given day.

"It is just about me being consistent from here onwards and hopefully the team dong well. Now that I got four wickets I will look to raise the bar and look for my first five-for."

© Cricket World 2013

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Fixtures & Results
14th July: 1st ODI, Providence
PAK 224-9 beat WIN 98 by 126 runs
16th July: 2nd ODI, Providence
WIN 232-8 beat PAK 195 by 37 runs
19th July: 3rd ODI, Saint Lucia
PAK 229-6 tied with WIN 229-9
21st July: 4th ODI, Saint Lucia
PAK 189-4 beat WIN 261-7 by 6 wickets (D/L)
24th July: 5th ODI, Saint Lucia
PAK 243-6 beat WIN 242-7 by 4 wickets
27th July: 1st T20I, Kingstown
PAK 158-8 beat WIN 152-7 by 2 wickets
28th July: 2nd T20I, Kingstown
PAK 135-7 beat WIN 124-9 by 11 runs