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West Indies continued to be rusty, as their poor form once again cost them an innings and 67-run defeat in the first of the two-Test series against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday. However, Jason Holder continued to be optimistic about West Indies’s chances as feels that the visitors have no reason to panic and backs them to come back with all guns blazing in the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. Holder blamed the lack of runs in the first innings of the opening Test hurt the Windies, while he also said that with the conditions favourable for batsmen at Hamilton, the Windies have a sound chance of levelling things in the series. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs West Indies 2017-18, 1st Test at Wellington

On the reason for 1st Test defeat

“To get 300 odd [in the second innings] is still very good but we probably wanted it in the first innings. We always speak about a good first-innings total; it always sets the game up. We din’t have that in the first innings and obviously faltered. We shouldn’t panic.I think we have done reasonably well in the year. We have done some good things in this Test match as well. So, there is no need to panic. Just one Test match gone – we have lost the first match obviously – but there is a chance to put things right in the second Test match,” said Holder in the post-match press conference.

“Hamilton, probably, will have similar conditions to what we had here in the second innings. I have played there and it is a good batting surface, and hopefully the batsmen can put a good first-innings total and we try to control the game from there.”

On Windies’s approach

“We just tried to be positive. There was no point just staying out there, there were two days left in the game and we had to knock off the deficit. The only way to do that was by being positive. I don’t think anybody was reckless at any stage. It was just a matter of us not being able to overcome the New Zealand bowling attack today.”

On Windies as a unit

“I am really pleased with the progress of our side and if you look at Kraigg Brathwaite he is very young as well – he just turned 25 – and he has led our batting in the last three years. We’ve got guys like Roston Chase, Shai Hope, and now Hetmyer coming into the side. There is a lot of talent there, Ambris, the debutant, didn’t get runs in this game but he has shown in the past what he can do. I wouldn’t sit and single out one or two players, and I would not let this Test match put down our spirits. We just have to put this behind us and it is important we put it behind us as quickly as possible. We have to learn from it and try not to make the same mistakes in Hamilton.”