Cricket World Cup 2019: West Indies not undercooked, insists Jason Holder after warm-up washout
West Indies captain Jason Holders speaks to reporters after the Bristol washout. (Image: ICC)

Despite a struggling start to West Indies‘ pre-tournament warm-up matches, Jason Holder insists that his team is ready to compete at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

West Indies failed to take a wicket in their washed out practice match against South Africa in Bristol, where their opponents were 95 for no loss inside 13 overs before further rain forced an abandonment. Asked whether West Indies were undercooked headed into the World Cup that starts May 30, Holder cited the recent tri-series in Ireland and the IPL as reasons to feel confident.

“We are absolutely not,” said Holder. “We just came from Ireland, we had a series there, we’ve had a lot of cricket leading up to this. A lot of the guys have been playing IPL cricket and everybody has been playing cricket leading up to the tournament.

“We are well attuned to the conditions and we are just looking to start the tournament.”

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Having chosen to field, Holder watched in frustration as the match was reduced to 31 overs. In 12.4 overs, South African opener Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla put on 95/0.

ICC World Cup West Indies vs South Africa
Incessant rain in Bristol washed out West Indies vs South Africa on Sunday. (Image: ICC)

“It just wasn’t our day,” said Holder. “We are under control, but we are just in a situation where we need to get some cricket in in the next two days against New Zealand.

“We were probably a little bit too short and we offered a bit of width at times as well. Especially in these conditions where the ball doesn’t do as much, I just think you need to be as accurate as you possibly can in terms of holding line and length, and then trying to create some problems there.

“If you stack up some dot balls, and stack up some pressured overs together, more often than not you get the wickets you are looking for.”

West Indies play their second and final against New Zealand on May 28, also in Bristol.

Their first World Cup match is against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on May 31.