West Indies let themselves down, says Holder
MANCHESTER, England (CMC):
Skipper Jason Holder said yesterday that West Indies had let themselves down with "inconsistent" bowling after they lost the opening one-day international of the five-match series by seven wickets to England.
Though defending only 204 in a contest reduced to 42 overs per side at Old Trafford, Holder lamented his side's lack of enterprise with the ball as England raced to their target in the 31st over courtesy of Jonny Bairstow's maiden ODI hundred.
"We lost wickets at crucial stages. Every time we tried to rebuild, we lost a wicket, and that doesn't help the momentum," Holder said afterwards.
"Having said that, with runs on the board, I still felt we could have given a better account of ourselves with the ball. We let ourselves down - just too inconsistent and allowing them to score a bit too freely."
He added: "We didn't bowl as well as I thought we should. We were really inconsistent with our lines and lengths, and we leaked boundaries."
The defeat means West Indies will now have to resort to contesting a 10-team qualifier next year in order to reach the 2019 World Cup in England. They can now only finish ninth in the ICC ODI rankings by the September 30 cut-off date, outside the top-eight ranking required for direct qualification.
But Holder said their immediate focus was completing the ongoing series and playing competitively.