Holder Slams Reckless Approach From Batsmen
On a typically fast and bouncy Perth pitch, West Indies lost four wickets inside the first 10 overs but Holder defended his decision to bat first and blamed his batsmen for not showing enough application.
“No regrets about batting first.
“I always thought that the wicket was going to be a good wicket.
“The bounce is pretty much true on this surface but I feel that our batsmen just didn’t hang in there enough on the wicket.
“We lost momentum early in the innings and never really recovered.”
Having played on slower pitches before the clash against India, the pitch at Perth seemed to be a bit too much to handle for the West Indies batsmen though Holder chose to differ.
“In my opinion it wasn’t difficult.
“We just didn’t apply ourselves well enough today when we batted and never really caught up in the game.
“I think going forward we need to assess the conditions as quickly as possible and make the adjustment necessary.”
West Indies were bowled out well inside their stipulated 50 overs for the second successive match in this World Cup, after their heavy defeat to South Africa few days ago.
“That was my plan initially, to bat out the overs but I still thought we needed runs to help our net run rate.
“Just tried to get a partnership going in the latter half of the innings but unfortunately couldn’t just hang in there.”
Though the West Indies have lost two games on the trot, Holder expressed satisfaction on his own form with the bat notching up consecutive fifties and further emphasized on the need to win more games.
“Quite pleased with my form at the moment but it’s a team effort.
“We need to win some more games and we need to string together a complete game which we haven’t managed in last few games.
“Once we do that, we’d be ready to go.”
West Indies have an eight-day break before their final league match against United Arab Emirates on 15th March in Napier.
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