One good performance can turn things around - Jason Holder

One good performance can turn things around - Jason Holder
Jason Holder hopes the Hobart Test was a one-off poor performance from West Indies.
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West Indies captain Jason Holder is confident that one good performance from his team can cause a turnaround in their fortunes in Test cricket.

Out of the nine Tests West Indies have played this year they have won just the one game against England in April and have lost seven matches.

Believing that his team can turn things around for the better, Holder stressed on the importance of having a positive outlook.

“For me personally I’m always upbeat.

“I think we’re just one good performance from turning things around.

“That’s the way we have to look at it.

“We can’t be negative all the time, we just have to find ways to pick ourselves up.

“We’re just one good day from a turnaround and that’s the way I’m taking it going forward.” 

In the first Test against Australia, West Indies were not helped by the ankle injury to Shannon Gabriel, who has flown home to undergo rehabilitation.

West Indies have the option of choosing from Carlos Brathwaite and Miguel Cummins and Holder revealed that the decision will be taken on the basis of the playing conditions.

“We’ve got to look at everything.

“Carlos is an all-rounder; Miguel is just an out-and-out fast bowler.

“Carlos has been in the squad for a little while now and he’s waiting for his opportunity, so he’s pretty much front line to go ahead of Miguel.

“But we’ll see how the conditions are tomorrow.” 

West Indies bowled well in the first session of the first Test to take three Australian wickets but it was the record breaking partnership between Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges that took the game away from them.

Labelling the Hobart Test as a “one bad Test match”, Holder is looking to put a better performance in the second game in Melbourne.

“We had a bad game.

“If you look at our performances for the last couple of months our bowlers have been pulling us through.

“They’ve been bowling well up to that point.

“All throughout in the Caribbean we played Australia and England, then we went to Sri Lanka and they did really well there as well.

“I just put it down hopefully to one bad Test match and hopefully we can pull our socks up.” 

Just three games into his Test captaincy, Holder is yet to register a win but the 23-year-old maintained that he is enjoying the challenge.

Admitting that the inconsistent performances have not allowed the team to progress, Holder feels that it will take time for the young team to bring the results expected of them.

“It’s not a burden, I’m enjoying the challenge.

“It’ll take time before we get the results we’re looking for.

“We need to build and keep building.

“We need to put something on the table that we can build on.

“At the present time we’ve been fluctuating with a good performance here and then a bad performance there.

“It’s never been something that we can just make a steady progression forward with.

“That’s the main thing for me.

“We need to understand the position we’re in.

“We have a very young side, very inexperienced, and we have some guys that we need to build a core of players around.

“Once we understand that it’s easier to move forward.” 

The second Test match between Australia and West Indies will get underway on Boxing Day with the series poised at 1-0 in favour of the hosts. 

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