Jason Holder doubtful for must-win clash against South Africa

Jason Holder bowled just two overs in the game against Australia
Jason Holder bowled just two overs in the game against Australia
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West Indies skipper Jason Holder is a doubtful starter for the must-win tri-series clash against South Africa on Friday after he injured his hamstring during the game against Australia on Tuesday.

Holder bowled only two overs and was off the field for the majority of the second innings with Kieron Pollard taking over as the stand-in captain.

In order to make up for the loss of Holder’s quota of overs, Pollard and Andre Fletcher were used but West Indies failed to prevent Australia from securing a six-wicket win.

Admitting that he is in doubt for the game on Friday, Holder rued the fact that West Indies were one bowler short in a crucial encounter against Australia.

"I’ve strained my left hamstring," Holder said after the match.

"Hopefully I’ll be ready for the game on Friday, still not sure at the moment.

"I think the bowlers made a very good attempt at trying to defend the runs.

"It was just unfortunate we were one bowler short."

However, Holder credited the bowling unit for taking the game till the final stages despite being a bowler short.

"Fletcher came on and slipped in three tight overs.

"In hindsight he probably could have gone on for two more.

"Having said that we fought right down to the end with a bowler short, so credit must go to the bowling unit."

Australia leapfrogged to the top of the points table with the win over West Indies on Tuesday and secured a berth in the final of the tri-series.

If West Indies beat South Africa on Friday, they will draw level with the Proteas on 12 points but will qualify for the final by virtue of having won more matches in the tri-series.

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