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We played horrible shots at crucial stages - Jason Holder

Sunil Narine (centre) was the one of the few positives for West Indies in the game against Australia.
Sunil Narine (centre) was the one of the few positives for West Indies in the game against Australia.
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West Indies skipper Jason Holder rued his side’s batting performance in the game against Australia in the ongoing tri-series after being bowled out for 116 runs in 32.3 overs.

West Indies failed to get any sort of partnership going in their innings and the Australian spinners Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa ripped through the batting line-up, taking a total of six wickets between them.

Holder said that West Indies’ below par batting performance gave nothing for their bowlers to defend and praised the bowling attack for taking four Australian wickets.

“Obviously, we did not bat well,” Holder said at the post-match press conference.

"We did not put enough runs on the board.

“We never really got any partnerships going.

“Just not enough runs on the board, to be honest.

“The bowlers didn’t really have anything to bowl at, although we tried really, really hard and did get four of the Australians’ wickets.

“I thought Sunil Narine came in and did an excellent job for us in the end and we got some wickets upfront.”

It took Australia just 25.4 overs to chase down the total of 117 runs and David Warner played a solid unbeaten knock of 55 runs to guide his team through to victory.

Stating that a total of 220 was what West Indies were hoping to put on the board, Holder said that the conditions were not suitable for high scoring encounters.

“I think anywhere between 210 and 220, we backed ourselves to defend,” he said.

“Previous games we played here, it has not been high scoring.

“Obviously, the first game we played, one team only got 180-odd and we managed to win the game in the second-last over.”

Admitting that the West Indies batsmen played very ordinary shots in their innings, Holder said that the Australian bowlers did not bowl exceptionally but rather the batsmen failed to show application.

“If you went through the dismissals, there were quite a few soft dismissals.

“The Australians challenged us in terms of building pressure, but I don’t think they got us out with any spectacular balls.

“We just played some horrible shots out there at a crucial stage of the game which cost us our wickets.”

Sunil Narine, who took six wickets in the first encounter against South Africa in the tri-series, once again bowled well in the defeat against Australia, taking two wickets for just 36 runs in his 10 overs.

Praising his bowlers for showing a fight, Holder urged his batsmen to concentrate on building partnerships, especially in the early stages of the game.

“I think we’ve bowled reasonably well for the first two games; the bowlers have really put up their hands.

“It’s just important for the batsmen to build partnerships … especially up front, and just give ourselves some cushion in the middle and be able to blast at the end with the power we have in the dressing room.

“But the most important thing for us is to get some partnerships going up front and let the momentum flow through the mid-innings.”

West Indies will now have a brief break before they fly to St Kitts to play their next couple of against Australia and South Africa on 13th and 15th June respectively.

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