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Jason Holder wants consistency from West Indies ahead of England series

Jason Holder in action during training ahead of the first ODI against England
Jason Holder in action during training ahead of the first ODI against England

West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his team to be consistent as they look to improve their One-Day International rankings ahead of the three-match series against England.

The team from Caribbean have already dropped out of contention for the upcoming Champions Trophy 2017 tournament after they were pushed to the ninth spot in the rankings behind Pakistan and Bangladesh.

West Indies had a mixed 2016 where they managed to pip South Africa in a home tri-series where they lost to the eventual winners Australia and were also whitewashed 0-3 by Pakistan in United Arab Emirates.

Even in the tri-series in Zimbabwe, they started with a lot of promise with a 62-run win over Sri Lanka but managed a tie against the hosts and lost their next two games to miss the berth in the final.

"We've got some way to go in terms of catching up in the rankings," said Holder on the eve of the first game against England.

"We just want to tick off our process boxes in terms of what we set out to achieve as a group.

"Our main thing is to be a lot more consistent than we have been in the past and I think once we do that we can be moving in the right direction."

Speaking about the series in Zimbabwe, Holder felt the inexperience of the team that costed them. However, he also added that the present side with more matches under their belt can produce better results.

"The more cricket we play together, the better we'll become," Holder said.

"We had some new faces come out at the end of last year, in our series in Zimbabwe.

"I thought we had a pretty decent series but one of the major factors that hurt us was inexperience."

West Indies seemed to have preferred youngsters over senior players like Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels and Holder is confident of them having a bright future ahead of them.

"Shai Hope came off a very good tour in Zimbabwe and followed up starting the year well in our domestic competition," Holder said. "We've got young exciting cricketers like Rovman Powell and Jason Mohammed.

"From the fast-bowling point, there's Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph. So we've an inexperienced side but we're looking to make a mark on the international circuit.

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