Jason Holder demands consistency from West Indies

West Indies will have to defeat Australia to reach the final of the tri-series.
West Indies will have to defeat Australia to reach the final of the tri-series.
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West Indies skipper Jason Holder has urged his team to come up with consistent performances in the remaining games of the tri-series with an eye on securing a berth in the final.

After beating Australia and South Africa earlier in the tournament, West Indies have gained five points in the ICC's ODI team rankings.

Currently in eighth position, West Indies need to stay unbeaten in the rest of the tournament, if they are to go past seventh-placed Bangladesh.

Holder believes that West Indies have the ability to beat the top teams in the world but only need to maintain consistency, if they are to make significant progress.

"We’ve beaten the number one side in the world and we’ve also beaten the number three side in the world, that speaks for itself," Holder said.

"As I said before, we just need to be consistent.

"We’ve always been crucified for not being consistent.

"We’ve been inconsistent for a number of years.

"But we’ve also had some very good performances in between."

In the current scenario, West Indies, who are placed at the bottom of the points table in the tri-series, need to win against Australia on Tuesday to ensure a spot in the final.

Stating that there has been no big hundred from the West Indies batsmen so far in the series, Holder is hoping for one of the top four to fire against Australia in Barbados.

"It’s about being consistent and making the improvements.

"If you look through the series, you’ve got Sunil (Narine) with a five-wicket haul and we haven’t gotten a hundred yet in the series so that’s one of the boxes we need to tick off.

"It will be good to see one in the top four batsmen get a hundred. And not just a hundred, but a big hundred in a match winning cause.

"If we can get that, that is definitely signs of improvement."

The previous game in Barbados between Australia and South Africa was washed out due to persistent rain and Holder is wary of the weather threat for their encounter against Australia.

Nevertheless, Holder believes that the pitch in Barbados will be a good one-day wicket with some bounce but slightly on the slower side.

"The wicket here for one-day cricket is normally a good one.

"It may have a bit of bounce earlier.

"In terms of pace, I am not too sure it is going to be that quick.

"Maybe (it will be) a little bit on the slower side.

"Again, we’ll see what happens, there has been quite a bit of rain around.

"Yesterday the pitch got wet and I think we are going with the same strip again, so we will see what happens in the morning and hopefully it is a good strip for cricket."

World champions Australia must beat West Indies in the encounter on Tuesday if they are to remain with a chance to progress into the final.

Holder said that West Indies will look to take on Australia first and then think about the encounter against South Africa on Friday.

"We’ll just take it one game at a time.

"We have Australia first to contend with.

"If we beat them, they’re basically out of the competition so we’ll just look to deal with Australia first and then to South Africa afterwards."

West Indies have beaten Australia twice in four One-Day Internationals at Kensington Oval but this is their first encounter between the two teams at the venue since 1999.

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