WI lose again, Holder calls for pride
EAST LONDON, South Africa, (CMC):
West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his failing side to muster all the pride they can and come back strongly in the two final one-day internationals of the five-match series.
The Caribbean side conceded the series yesterday when they went down by nine wickets in the third game at Buffalo Park, after a feeble performance with the bat.
Holder, in his first series as skipper, said the only thing left to motivate the Windies would be their sense of national pride.
"Obviously, it's a series loss and we need to salvage some pride, but, having said that, we are still building towards the World Cup. We'll be looking to get some combinations right and seeing if our batsmen can get some form going into the World Cup and finish off these two games well," he told media following yesterday's contest.
"I think it's down to pride. There is nothing more that can motivate you now more than pride. We've lost three games on the trot and pride tells you we've got to pick ourselves up. There's nothing more to it, there's no other motivation in my mind.
"We've got to salvage some pride as proud West Indians and play that brand of cricket that we're used to."
West Indies didn't show up yesterday. They were dismissed for a paltry 122 off 33.4 overs, after winning the toss and opting to bat first.
Only vice-captain Marlon Samuels with 26 managed to pass 20 as West Indies slumped to 96 for nine at one stage.
In reply, they got Rilee Roussouw cheaply for seven but opener Hashim Amla, with 61 not out, and Faf du Plessis, with 51, stroked half-centuries to see the hosts home comfortably.
Holder said he was concerned the Windies were not learning fast enough from their mistakes.
"I am worried about the way we are going about our cricket. I think we can be a lot more respectable and put up our hands sometimes when we make errors," he pointed out.
"I think the quicker we learn from our errors the better we would make improvements. At the moment, it just seems as (if) we are making the same errors over and over again. It's just about correcting those errors and being man enough to say I've committed this error and just move on from it."
The 23-year-old said at some point the current scenario would require having a frank discussion involving him as the leader of the unit, and said he would speak when that time came.
South Africa lead the five-match series 3-0.