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Jason Holder expecting good things from West Indies in tri-series

Jason Holder in a press conference ahead of the tri-series.
Jason Holder in a press conference ahead of the tri-series.
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West Indies captain Jason Holder is confident of the squad picked for the upcoming tri-series against South Africa and Australia and is looking forward to some good performances from the side.

The last time West Indies played a One-Day International was in November in the three-match series in Sri Lanka which they lost 3-0.

However, West Indies have been doing well in the Twenty20 format and their triumph in the 2016 World T20 has been a major boost for them.

Expressing confidence in the ODI squad, Holder said that the team has been strengthened with the return of the players like Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine.

“We’ve got a good squad.

“Many of the guys were in the World T20 squad and the World Cup, some of whom are carrying very good form from the IPL.

“We got Carlos Brathwaite who did really well, we’ve got Marlon Samuels as well, (and he) is ready and raring to go.

“We back the guys in the squad.

“We’ve got Sunil Narine, who comes back after the problems with his action, and also Kieron Pollard, who I’m sure has a statement to make.

“So, I’m really looking forward to this series.

“I am in full support of the squad that is here and expect good things from them.”

West Indies suffered back to back defeats in the two practice games prior to the start of the series against Barbados Select XI.

Holder brushed aside the results and said that the squad was a bit rusty as they were coming in from a long break of playing in the one-day format.
Furthermore, Holder attributed the defeats to the lack of a full squad and added that the with the return of the players from the Indian Premier League, the team is upbeat for the tri-series.

“The mood is very good. Everybody is upbeat for this series.

“We’ve had a bit of a break between the last one-day series and this one, so the guys are ready to go, just hit the ground running.”

“We did not have a full squad there (in the practice games).

“We were a little rusty, probably below par, in those games, but again we did not have a full squad.

“I am very confident of the guys who have come back from the IPL, who have been playing cricket, and I expect good things from them.”

In 2015, West Indies did not have a good outing in One-Day Internationals, having won just four out of the 15 contests they played.

Stressing on the importance of executing their plans well, Holder is backing the West Indies bowling attack, which he described as “world class”.

“We’ve got our own plans. Everybody has their individual plans.

“You can plan well off the field, but it is important to come on the field and execute (those plans).
“We’ve got world class bowlers in the side.

“We’ve got Jerome Taylor who has done well for us for many years.

“You have myself who has been doing reasonably well in One-Day cricket.

“You have upcoming guys like Carlos Brathwaite and obviously Sunil Narine, who is a world beater.
“We are very confident with the guys.”

West Indies begin their campaign in the tri-series with an encounter against South Africa and Holder knows that the hosts are up against a formidable opponent.

Expecting the pitch to be on the slower side, Holder is of the opinion that the teams will most likely field an additional spinner in their playing eleven.

“We know South Africa is an aggressive team, they bank on their quicker bowlers but have a few spinners in their squad as well.

“They’ve got the uncapped (Tabraiz) Shamsi, who has done well domestically for them and he has been here in CPL before.

“We’ve seen him before and we expect he can probably come into the fore.

“This pitch tends to be generally slow. We expect additional spin here.

“We will just see what happens tomorrow.”

The opening game of the tri-series between West Indies and South Africa will be played on 3rd June at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.

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