Jason Holder backs West Indies; says improvement the way forward

The final of West Indies Tri-Nation series saw Australia registering a fine victory after beating the hosts in a high-voltage encounter at Barbados on Sunday. West Indies fell short of 58-runs and handed over the title to the world champions. Despite the loss, West Indian skipper Jason Holder holds a positive belief and chose to emphasize on the positives from the series. READ MORE: VIDEO: Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar drafted in Ian Bell’s All-Time XI; Andrew Strauss misses out

West Indies returned from the dead and made it to the final after beating South Africa in the decisive ninth One-Day International by a huge margin. They fought well after hitting nadir in ODI cricket in the recent times. Their top-order played well but failed to click collectively in the final. West Indies were chasing a target of 271 in 50 overs as they were bowled out for 212 and lost the battle. READ MORE: Kevin Pietersen: 11 shots that define his incredible batting genius

Out of the four centuries struck in the series, two came from West Indies batsmen, Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles played a god hand at the top and got good starts for their team on many occasions. They are now placed at eight position in the ICC ODI rankings and their primary aim will be to climb up the table swiftly.

Holder was quoted in a report from ESPNCricinfo saying, “Credit must go to the whole group. A lot of people didn’t expect us to get this far. We’ve put up some pretty good performances leading up to this final. And still in this final, we’ve got some things to shout about. It’s just important that we keep improving. Improvement is the name of the game. We just have to keep building and moving our way up the rankings.

“We asked one of the top four batsmen to put up a big hand each time and go on and get a big score for the team. We got two hundreds in this series, from Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo. Credit must go to them. I thought Kieron Pollard coming back into the West Indies team did a really good job, not only with the bat and the ball, but his presence in the dressing room, his experience counted for a lot. Things like that, we really need around our cricket. Hopefully we can have him in the dressing room going forward,” Holder added.

At one stage, the ball was in West Indies court as Australia were six men down for a mere score of 173. But lost the momentum in the end as the visitors ended up posting a decent total of 270. They leaked too many runs in the death and failed to get rid of the tail-enders. Holder said, “I felt we conceded 20-30 too many. We lost Shannon Gabriel as well, his overs at the end were crucial. With the bat, we fell away and didn’t recover after a decent start. The wickets of Smith and Maxwell changed the game; credit to Shannon.”