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Man up

The West Indies lost the five-match series when they went down by nine wickets to South Africa in the third ODI match yesterday, giving the home team just 123 to win and handing the Proteas an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

Speaking to the media after the game, Holder was disappointed with the way the Caribbean side surrendered to the opposition.

“Obviously we didn’t play well in the second and third match in the series, the third game especially,” he said. “We had the first game in our grasp and let it slip away but obviously South Africa won the series and now it is for us to salvage some pride in the last two games and build some momentum going into the World Cup.”

Holder said he was worried with the way the players were approaching their cricket.  “I think we can be a lot more respectable and put up our hands when we make errors. I think the quicker we learn from our errors the better we will make improvements but at the moment we seem to be making the same errors over and over, so it’s just about correcting, being man enough to say I have committed those errors and learn from it,” he stated.
Holder said he will be open and communicate effectively with his teammates.

“Well I believe in honesty. One thing I pride myself on being is honest, so I will be very honest with the fellas, I just wanna speak my mind at times and I think when it is appropriate to speak my mind, I will speak my mind,” he said, “It is just about getting the message across and getting the players to understand where I am coming from, and I think once that is established , it will become a lot easier.”

He hinted that there will probably be a few changes to the line-up for the remaining matches as the Windies try to fine-tune their combinations ahead of the World Cup next month in Australia and New Zealand.
Holder believed the Windies should have reached 250 yesterday, which would have made for a competitive score and contest

He added Caribbean pride would have to motivate the players and spur them to better performances for the rest of the Tour “Personally I think it is down to pride. There is nothing more that can motivate you more than pride. We have lost three games on the trot. Pride will just tell you that we have got to pick ourselves up… we have got to be strong and we have got to just turn things around,” he concluded.








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