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by Manuj Sharma Sunday 26 June 2016
West Indies captain Jason Holder has said that he is extremely proud of the way the team performed in the ongoing tri-series to reach the final of the tournament.
After beating South Africa on 24th June by 100 runs, West Indies made it through to the final which will be played against Australia on Sunday.
In total, West Indies have won three games out of the six they have played in the tournament and have beaten South Africa twice.
Holder is keen to build momentum through these wins and has urged the team to work hard in order to move up the rankings in the One-Day International format.
“I’m extremely proud. Really, really proud of the guys.
“A lot of guys are struggling with some niggles and it’s just good to see the guys fight through it.
“We know the importance of this series and the importance of moving up the rankings.
“We’ve been criticised in the past for being stuck at No.7 and No.8.
“It’s important we keep making strides forward.”
West Indies’ performances in the tri-series against the higher ranked Australia and South Africa have shown that they are capable of much more than their current ranking suggests.
Asserting that West Indies will be competing in the final to win the tournament, Holder feels that the team did well to get through to the final in the first place.
“It’s a big plus for the team and for West Indies cricket that we’ve shown we can compete with against good sides.
“Nobody goes into a final to lose; we’re obviously going to compete; we’re obviously going to win the final.
“We’ve done reasonably well in this tournament so far to put ourselves in the final, and I just think it’s important - as I said before - that we handle the process and let the end result take care of itself.”
'The injury concerns to the West Indies had a new addition in the form of Shannon Gabriel, who bowled only five overs in the win against South Africa on Friday.
In what was a terrific opening spell, Gabriel accounted for the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers but then went off the field after the 21st over and did not return.
Allaying fears about Gabriel’s groin injury, Holder added that he will do everything possible to get fit from his own hamstring injury in order to be ready for the final.
“I don’t think it (Gabriel’s injury) is anything too serious. We’ll just monitor it over the next day.“(My hamstring is) a bit sore, a bit tight, but that’s as expected.
“I thought this game was crucial and it was important to do my best to get on the park.
“I was really pleased that I was able to pull through and get through it.
“We’ve got a few niggling injuries in the camp so it’s important tomorrow that we get some rest and come back Sunday.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to get on the park and perform for the team.
“I think it’s important now that we’ve come this far so there’s no turning back right now.
“It’s a situation where we’ve just got to give it our all.”
West Indies are currently placed eighth in the ODI rankings with 92 rating points and with a win in the final, they will gain three points.
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