West Indies v England, 3rd ODI, Barbados March 8, 2017

Public running out of patience with us - Holder


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'We've shown glimpses we can compete' - Holder

Jason Holder has appealed for patience from West Indies supporters as his inexperienced side try to come to grips with one-day cricket.

Holder, West Indies' captain, knows that time is running out if West Indies are to qualify automatically for the World Cup in 2019. Currently sitting ninth in the ODI rankings, they must make it back into the top eight before the end of September if they are to avoid the qualifying tournament. A series against Pakistan, the eighth ranked side, in the Caribbean in April could prove crucial.

The final match against England is also important. While the series is lost - West Indies are 2-0 down with only Thursday's final ODI in Barbados to play - Holder knows that any ranking points picked up in the last match could still prove important with World Cup qualification in mind.

But, while appreciating the need to improve results in the short term, Holder also knows it will take time for his side to adapt to the demands of international cricket. England's captain, Eoin Morgan, has more ODI caps than the whole West Indies team could have in Barbados.

"Obviously, the patience is running out with the public," Holder admitted. "But we're still human beings. We're very young on the international circuit.

"You've got to bear with them a bit, but it's important we learn as quickly as possible."

West Indies held promising positions in both the first two ODIs (England were 129 for 4 in the first match and 124 for 6 in second) but, perhaps in part due to a lack of experience or a lack of confidence, were unable to take advantage. Holder, while frustrated by the results, described himself as "encouraged" by the potential he saw in his side.

"I'm definitely encouraged," Holder said. "We just need to string it altogether. In the first game, we obviously showed glimpses that we can compete. But it's just those pivotal moments we just need to seize and I think that's maybe where our inexperience comes to the fore.

"In the last game, we were a main bowler short with Shannon Gabriel pulling up after his second or third over. That set us back a little bit. There's obviously still a lot to play for. Every point is crucial now, going into the World Cup qualification and that's the way we're seeing this game."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. He will be covering England's tour of the Caribbean in association with Smile Group Travel, specialists in hosted supporters' packages.

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  • hassa12992812 on March 10, 2017, 13:25 GMT

    Gabriel and Joseph should open the bowling ,not Holder ,as a matter of fact, Holder and Braithwaithe should not be in the side ,they are not good enough as a batsman or bowler ,so the billion questios is ,Why are these two in the side? THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, THE SELECTORS MUST GO, for doing such a poor job. We need changes before the Pakistan series.

  • Soumen on March 10, 2017, 8:58 GMT

    Holder, you are such a big, tall gatta player so why do you need time? You can hit sixes at will and bowl all batsmen by bowling forcefully. Why are you bowling at a poor pace of 120 and 130s? Also, modify your action and be more energetic and you will see the results flowing. The main problem with the WI is the scarcity of big, strong fast bowlers.

  •   Biplob Bhattacharjee on March 10, 2017, 7:29 GMT

    This Guy Holder is a real joke. After every defeat, he gives big talk. Can manage his own performance, defensive as captain & poor attitude all around. Should be dropped ASAP along with Braithwaite Carlos. For WI, allrounder=someone who can`t bowl 10 overs & who can`t bat.

  • mapersaud on March 10, 2017, 5:06 GMT

    Dear Mr. Holder: Patience left a long time ago. Your defensive captaincy...bad team selection...unmotivated players...and poor pitches...and you want patience? Go South Africa!

  • jeff290313256 on March 10, 2017, 4:29 GMT

    Selectors you guys want to fill up a squad with mostly bajan,well this is your N results,we will never win again.

  •   Maximillian Von Kleist on March 9, 2017, 23:47 GMT

    We here in the WI ran out of patience a long time ago. We can care less about the cricket and that feeling has permeated the Caribbean. Stuart Law obviously didn't read the memo.... I used to stay up in the later 80s and early 90s to watch WI vs AUS.... now i dont even go out to watch a saturday pub game. This WI has killed WI cricketing spirit.

  • jujulz0132398 on March 9, 2017, 23:47 GMT

    No Mr. Holder....the West Indian public has plenty of patience with your team. It's your team that has no patience and play careless shots. So it is your team that needs to have more patience. You shouldn't worry about the West Indian public at this point. We have put up with 20+ years of rubbish cricket from our cricketers, so I don't think a few more years will add anything substantial. But we need to start seeing patience from our players. On the field, you don't show it...off the field, someone rubs you the wrong way, you get impatient and lash out and then we lose promising players....if patience is a virtue, the the west indian public must be a very virtuous one...unlike the players!!

  • Simon on March 9, 2017, 23:45 GMT

    There is a similar trend running through these comments. Can you all see it? Patience, really, I've been waiting 20+ years is that enough patience. WI have the best 20/20 team in the world and the board sack the captain, the natural leader. The cycle continues. Holder and Carlos should not be captains but learning their trades. Where is the common sense?

  • molab14586992 on March 9, 2017, 21:54 GMT

    Man they would still loose

  • Alex on March 9, 2017, 20:44 GMT

    we are running out of patience with your selection. God only knows why you are keep getting selected.

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