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Jason Holder wants consistency from West Indies

Jason Holder wants consistency from West Indies
Jason Holder is confident ahead of the first Test against Australia which begins on Thursday.
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West Indies captain Jason Holder is expecting a consistent performance from his team in the upcoming three-match Test series against Australia.

West Indies began 2015 on a positive note by drawing the Test series against England, but were clean swept by Australia and Sri Lanka.

Holder is confident that if every player in the line-up performs the role expected from them, West Indies will be able to put a challenge against Australia.

“We are very upbeat about this series.

“It’s a fresh series for us, so we have to be positive going into it.

“If we realistically do what we have to do in terms of executing our roles then anything is possible on any given day.

“The onus has to be upon each player to perform their role and execute their plans.

“Once we do that we can put together a strong collective effort.” 

In the tour match against Cricket Australia XI, West Indies were defeated by 10 wickets by a team which consisted of six first-class debutants.

Despite the result Holder is high on confidence and has urged the players to put the right foot forward by playing as per the situation in the match.

“Personally my confidence is very high, it has to be.

“We just need to put things right and the players think a little bit more on their feet, analyse each situation as it comes.

“Once we do that we will be in good stead for this first Test match.” 

Reflecting on the recent results of the West Indies, Holder feels that the lack of consistency has hurt the team over the last few years.

Highlighting the importance of putting a strong first innings total, Holder said that the West Indies bowling attack is capable of taking 20 wickets.

“At the very beginning of this tour I talked about consistency, that is where we have fallen down in the last few months, the last few years.

“It has to start somewhere; we just have to be consistent in whatever we do.

“We need a strong first innings total and that is something that I really highlighted in the dressing room, once we start doing that we have shown in the past we can take 20 wickets.

“We just need to put our heads down and just fight through situations.

“We know the Australians will come very hard at us, we know they will be very competitive.

“We just have to absorb that pressure early on in our innings as batsmen and when we bowl just be a bit more patient than we have been in the past.” 

The first Test match of the 2015-16 Frank-Worrell Trophy between Australia and West Indies will begin on 10th December at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

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