West Indies striving for consistency

Kraigg Brathwaite and Vishal Singh

The West Indies have to be a consistently good side if they are to begin making a mark in the Test arena – so says their skipper, Jason Holder.

“For me, I just stress on consistency. What we've spoken about in the dressing room is momentum. Whenever we have the momentum we need to hold it as long as possible and not shift it back onto the Pakistanis. We just have to get runs in the first innings and our bowlers will support us in the field,” said Holder.

According to the Test and ODI captain, the team has failed, on a number of occasions to show that consistency, especially early in the game.

“A first innings total is obviously very very important to start the game well and set ourselves up well for the end of the game,” said Holder.

On a number of occasions, the West Indies have suffered from poor batting performances early in a Test match, from which they do not recover, despite very good bowling performances.

The last time out against the Pakistanis, the West Indies were much more competitive, scoring more than 300 on three occasions, but crumbled for a score under that on just as many occasions.

“In the past we've been able to get 20 wickets but haven't been able to consistently put runs on the board and that's one area we need to, obviously, pay attention to,” said Holder.

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