Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza have continued to pose problems for the Windies, restricting the visitors playing in the Walton Tri-Series to just 247-9 in their 50 overs earlier on Monday in Dublin Ireland. 

Windies skipper Jason Holder insists the team is determined to put on a much better display in the third One Day International (ODI) against Ireland on Saturday, following a disappointing performance against Bangladesh in the second game.

After getting off to a blazing start with a close to record total of 381 in the first match against Ireland, on the back of centuries from John Campbell and Shai Hope.  The follow-up effort against Bangladesh was far less impressive after the team was dismissed for 264, despite getting off to a solid start.  Holder, however, insisted the team would focus on getting back to basics at the crease.

“I thought we batted really well in the first game and the second game was a little bit tougher in terms of the pace of the wicket and trying to get runs flowing.  We have had a lot of discussions about how we could improve if we find ourselves back in that situation,” Holder said.

“We trying to get 300 plus runs on the board every time that we bat.  Having said that we were just a little bit off the ball in the last game.  This game we are just looking to so do a few things better and get to that 300 mark.”

Windies captain Jason Holder has hailed the contribution of young players John Campbell and Shai Hope who have made promising starts to their careers so far.

The 25-year-old Campbell and 21-year-old Hope put on a world record 349 runs partnership as the team steamrolled Ireland in the opening match of the One Day tri-nation series.  The century was the first for Campbell in six games, but he had otherwise been off to solid start in prior matches, leading to a healthy average of 49.60.

Hope has perhaps been even more impressive as his follow-up century against Bangladesh in a losing effort, carried him to 2056 runs in 51 ODIs, making him one of the quickest Windies players to 2000 runs.

“Both of them have played well (Campbell, Hope) Shai especially, he’s probably been our most consistent player over the last two years.  It’s been really good to see him backing up performance the way he has done,” Holder said.

“I just saw a stat coming up that he is the quickest West Indian to 2000 runs, which is a really phenomenal feat.  I saw the list of guys on the tv and its really good for him to be in that company,” he added.

“If he continues he could be one of our best ODI players to ever play.  Performances like that from young players is something we definitely looking for.”

One of the West Indies’ biggest weapons heading into the ICC World Cup in England is undoubtedly their inspirational captain, Jason Holder.

Holder has led the team from the front with both bat and ball and in the field has inspired his teammates to achievements many in the region thought beyond them.

But now, with the World Cup a month away, Holder, and by extension, the West Indies may have a problem.

Playing in the London Royal Cup for Northhamptonshire last Wednesday, Holder struck 72, his third half-century in four innings, but was treated for an injury early in the knock.

Holder did not come out to field on account of the injury to his left leg and has since been replaced in the Northants line-up.

There has not been word on the seriousness of the injury just yet, but Holder is supposed to lead the West Indies in a Tri-nation series against Bangladesh and hosts Ireland from May 5-17.

On Friday, Holder’s Northants lost by 20 runs to Worcestershire without the all-rounder’s late-order batting.

The West Indies now have a nervous wait to see of their leader will shrug this one off.

Windies skipper Jason Holder’s preparation for the ICC World Cup in England at the end of May could be hitting high gear after the all-rounder took a liking to English conditions. 

Windies captain, Jason Holder, believes strongly that Jamaican fast bowlers Oshane Thomas and Shelton Cottrell will cause problems at the World Cup in England. 

Windies skipper Jason Holder sees no reason the team should not be capable of emulating the exploits of the legendary Clive Lloyd-led 70s squad, which claimed back-to-back World Cup titles.

Despite showing admirable qualities in recent months, the Holder-led Windies squad will not be among the favourites to lift the title when the tournament gets under way next month.

With the likes of talismanic batsman Chris Gayle in good form and several improving younger players, Holder believes the team could yet lift the title.  

“Our boys are probably not the finished product but we're definitely on the right path to becoming pretty good West Indian players. If we stick together for the next two or three years, the sky's the limit,” Holder told the Daily Mail.

 “And, being in England, this was the last place we lifted the World Cup. Who knows, maybe there's a script to be written there,” he added.

The regional team’s chances will not have been hurt by a strong showing against England in the Caribbean where they played to a 2-2 draw in the One Day International series, which came on the back of a surprise 2-1 Test series win.

Windies captain Jason Holder has insisted the team will take the positives from the recent tour of England, despite ending on a low note in a one-sided T20I series.

The regional team created unwanted history in the final match against the tourists after becoming the first team to be bowled out for less than 75 in successive Twenty20 Internationals.  It was an indicator of how the T20 series had gone overall, with an easy 3-0 win for England but not of the tour overall.

The Windies shocked a more fancied England with several dominant performances to win the Test series 2-1 and then put in another strong showing to draw the series 2-2.

 “We’re a bit disappointed but there are still a lot of positives,” Holder said.

“I definitely would have accepted these results when England started their tour. Winning the Test series was exceptional and parts of the ODI series were equally as good,” he added.

“We probably let ourselves down in other parts of the ODI series but England played some great cricket as well. And we were just outplayed in the T20 series. But we’ve seen Sheldon Cottrell come into the side and do well and Oshane Thomas, too. And Chris Gayle has been outstanding. So overall, I’m pretty pleased.”

Captain Eoin Morgan expressed his pride after England humiliated West Indies by 137 runs to seal a comprehensive Twenty20 series victory Friday.

England embarrassed the Windies, who were bowled out for just 45 – the second-lowest T20 international total – with 49 balls to spare at Warner Park in Basseterre.

Man-of-the-match Sam Billings and Joe Root had rescued England from 32-4 to set West Indies a target of 182-6 in the second T20.

Chris Jordan then took four wickets for just six runs from two overs to condemn the Windies to their lowest T20 total.

"Extremely proud," Morgan said. "We didn't get off to a great start, conditions were completely different to St Lucia but one huge positive today and probably our biggest improvement since then is we've adapted to conditions really well.

"I thought the partnership between Joe and Sam was outstanding, and then Sam kicked on to get us to an above par score. From there, we grabbed the momentum."

Billings produced a star performance after scoring 87 runs from just 47 deliveries – combining with Joe Root (55 off 40) to set the tone for England.

"It was a nice situation, in that I could give myself time and cash in at the end. I tried to play the field and put pressure on the bowlers as much as possible," Billings said. "We knew that with 165-plus we were in the game and luckily we got early wickets. It was a great win. We want to win the series 3-0 now. Cricket is a momentum game and we've got to keep putting in the performances."

England bowler Jordan added via Sky Sports: "It's definitely up there. I was glad I could come in and contribute to the team. We didn't get the best start but Sam and Rooty batted brilliantly to get us to what was an over-par score.

"My rhythm feels really good at the minute. I've done some good work with Shane Bond at Sydney Thunder then continuing it here with Chris Silverwood (England bowling coach). I tried to string together a few days and keep building confidence like that. I'm more than happy that it came off."

It was a forgettable night for the Windies and captain Jason Holder said: "I think it was just one of those games. It's been our worst batting performance of this three-format series so far. We need to regroup and look at a few areas and correct them."

West Indies have been dealt a blow ahead of the Cricket World Cup with Andre Russell not fit enough to feature in the Twenty20 international series against England. 

Windies skipper Jason Holder is again at odds with English cricket and the way it’s structure, which allows players to take lucrative deals under what is known as a Kolpak deal is achieved.

Kolpak deals come at the cost of a player’s international cricket career, with the most recent example being Duanne Olivier, a South African who earned his ODI debut last year.

Olivier shocked South Africa when he announced his retirement from International duty in favour of a three-year deal with Yorkshire.

The move prompted former South Africa batsman, Albie Morkel, who joined Surrey after ending his international career, to voice his hope that Cricket South Africa (CSA) does something to stop any possible ‘drain’ on the country’s major cricket resources, it’s talent.

"They [CSA] have to sit down and come up with plans because they're going to lose a lot of players in the near future and they need to protect against that.

"Do you structure the contracting a little bit better? What security do you give the guys [for] life after cricket? You talk about investing, but once a guy retires, they sort of drift away. I can name a number of players who they have invested a lot of money in, but you don't see them coaching, you don't see them involved with our academies.

"Give those guys a platform and say, 'We've invested in you for so many years, when you're thinking of settling down or moving on, this is where we see a role for you'.

"I think that communication is not great at the moment so that's something they can improve on.

"I was settled in the team so, for me, it was easier to put offers aside and focus on playing with South Africa.

"It's harder for those guys who are in and out of the team. If the communication channels aren't great and you're not sure where you fit in, that's where the biggest challenge comes in. Communication is the key in any business.

"It's never nice…it always paints a bad picture of cricket in South Africa. But that's unfortunately part of our DNA and the struggles we have in South Africa."

Oliver’s move came just two years after Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw signed deals with Hampshire.

Holder has gone one step further than his South African counterpart, the Windies captain looking toward the International Cricket Council to protect other nations from the possibility of losing all their talent to the English game.

"It's really sad to see another quality player lost to Kolpak cricket," Holder said. "Until something is properly done to keep players a little bit more grounded financially I don't know how much longer you can continue putting up the front,” said Holder.

"People still want to see international cricket being at the forefront. I just think, going forward, we need to find a way to keep players playing for their country so we can have an attractive product,” said the Windies Captain, who oversaw a drawn ODI series against England on Saturday.

"Probably the ICC and FICA needs to get together and institute a substantial minimum salary so that players will feel comfortable coming home to represent their country,” he said.

"Test cricket is something that has picked up in the last year and a half. West Indies beating England; Sri Lanka beating South Africa: these are significant things. These can continue to spark Test cricket. There's so much prestige behind it and so much work behind it. I can only hope we can find some common ground where players are properly compensated and encouraged to play Test cricket as opposed to running off to domestic leagues.

"Personally I have had a few conversations with people at FICA. They are doing a hell of a job trying to get a level playing field for everyone and trying to have a fair standard for players and for leagues to be able to attract players. I don't want to speak of a figure at this time but I've had discussions with people at FICA and we are trying to find solutions to these problems.

"It's just ongoing discussions. I don't know if we'll find a middle ground as soon as we like. Hopefully in the not too distant future we can find common ground where players are playing for their countries and also have time to play in domestic leagues."

Windies Test and One Day International (ODI) captain Jason Holder is set to be named leader of the T20 squad, currently captained by Carlos Brathwaite, for the upcoming series against England.

The move is, however, expected to be a temporary one that is geared towards helping the team prepare for the ICC World Cup later this year. 

According to a recent Espncricinfo report, it is hoped that the keeping Holder in charge of a largely unchanged ODI squad for the three T20 internationals, will help with team chemistry ahead of the July tournament. 

Ahead of the tournament, the Windies will play against Ireland and Bangladesh in a Tri-nation series.  However, most the team’s top players could miss out on that tournament due to a scheduling conflict with the IPL and could make the match-up against England the last major challenge the team has before the tournament.  The report claims the selectors and Holder are already onboard with the changes, but it is yet to be approved by the board.  Brathwaite is expected to resume regular duties after the tournament.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron and Captain Jason Holder have expressed optimism about the WINDIES future as the side continues to demonstrate “the immense talent of West Indians.”

Windies skipper Jason Holder has hailed the impact of top opening batsman Chris Gayle who cracked 135 in a losing effort against England on Monday.

On a placid Kensington Oval pitch that suited the batsmen, the 39-year-old left-hander cracked an astounding 12 sixes and four 4s enroute to his 135 off 129 balls.  The effort was, however, somewhat in vain as England cruised to a six-wicket win on the back of centuries from Jason Roy (123) and Joe Root (102).  The result saw England move ahead 1-0 in the five-test One Day International series.

“Credit to our batters I thought we played exceptionally well on what was a really good pitch, one of the best I have seen at Kensington Oval for a while. I thought Chris played a really good innings. He took a bit of time upfront, got himself set and then put pressure back on the spinners in the middle and forced Eoin Morgan to bring back the seamers back a bit earlier. I felt he held the innings together and gave other batters a chance to express themselves,” Holder said.

“England played well to chase down our target. We’re now 1-0 down so we know we have to bounce back on Friday and look to make it 1-1 before we head off to Grenada.”

The teams will play the second ODI at the same venue tomorrow.

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