Skipper backs Windies brand of cricket to outlast England threat

By June 13, 2019
West Indies captain, Jason Holder West Indies captain, Jason Holder

West Indies skipper Jason Holder believes the brand of cricket the team is playing will help them do well against an England side, they’ve surprised just recently. 

The West Indies tied a five-match series against the rampant English side a matter of weeks before the start of the World Cup and Holder believes those games give the Caribbean a psychological advantage.

West Indies enter the match with a 1-1-1 record: they had a huge win by seven wickets against Pakistan; lost a close contest to Australia by 15 runs; and had the third match against South Africa rained off.

Holder said despite the rain and inclement weather in the build-up to the contest, his players remained fully focused on what is required. He said the West Indies will take confidence from the outstanding display against England in the Caribbean earlier this year, as well as the aggressive and attractive brand of play in the opening three matches here in English conditions.

“We have gone really well with the ball so far, in taking new ball wickets and bowling two teams out in the games we have played. In terms of our fielding, we could definitely touch up there, but I think generally over the last couple of months, if you look at our fielding overall, we have improved a lot in this World Cup so far. As a batting unit, we just had a plan against Australia so if we get ourselves back into that situation, we just need to take a little bit more responsibility and take the game home,” Holder said.

“I think the brand of cricket we have been playing so far in this World Cup, you know what to expect of West Indies now … we are not going to back down from the challenge. Most of our guys are always up for the challenge and it is just a matter for us to be smart. And I don’t think there is anything else to be said, just be smart and play the brand of cricket we want to play.

Paul-Andre Walker

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