After a crushing 111-run loss in the opening match of the ODI series against Pakistan, Jason Holder has reiterated that West Indies take all three formats equally seriously, even if their results in Tests and ODIs have been well below the standard they have achieved in the shortest format. While West Indies place fourth in the T20I rankings and are the reigning World Champions in the format, they languish in eighth place in the Test and ODI rankings.
"I think we focus equally on Test match cricket, T20 cricket and one-day cricket," the West Indies Test and ODI captain said. "Results have shown that we have done better at T20 cricket over the recent past, but we don't disregard any of the other two formats."
On this tour of the UAE, though, West Indies have failed to click in the T20s too, losing them 0-3 before Friday's ODI mauling. Holder identified the batting as the main area in need of improvement. West Indies' top order crumbled in all three T20s, and the batting failed once again in the first ODI with the side sliding to 175 all out in pursuit of 287.
"In this situation, we need to turn things around and we really need to look at ways we can improve," he said. "Obviously one big area is the batting. We did see off the new ball [in the ODI]. It's just a matter of rotating the strike a bit better than we did today. I think once we do that we should go into the next match in better stead."
The next ODI in the three-match series will be played on Sunday in Sharjah.