Holder expects Windies intensity against Zimbabwe
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
West Indies captain Jason Holder does not foresee any decrease in intensity from his side when they take on minnows Zimbabwe in two Tests in Bulawayo later this month.
The Caribbean side left the island on Monday for the short rubber, which will see them chasing their first series win since they beat Bangladesh in a similar two-Test series in the Caribbean three years ago.
Holder said the trajectory of the Windies performances was headed in the right direction and Zimbabwe presented an ideal opportunity to continue that progression.
"It won't be difficult to motivate the guys," Holder told CMC Sports prior to the side's departure.
"We're a young side. After the performances we've had in England and earlier in the year against Pakistan, and also in the back end of last year against Pakistan again, I think is encouraging and we have to keep heading in the direction we're going in."
He continued: "I am seeing really good things from this group and I don't think there should be any difficulty in motivating any of the guys. Everybody should be up for it. It's our chance to win a series. We haven't won a series in a while and Zimbabwe will be a good opposition for us to play."
West Indies have never lost to Zimbabwe in eight previous meetings, winning six times and drawing twice.
Holder said the key objective on the pending tour would be to build on the recent successes, with the aim of winning the series.
"I just want the guys to focus on what we set out to achieve, just dialling in on the process," the Barbadian stressed.
"The result of the games will take care of itself once we do what is required. We have set out stuff in terms of being consistent.
"Consistency is something I've preached in the dressing room for a very long time and I think once we're consistent in all departments, we should get the results we're looking for."
West Indies open the tour with a three-day match against Zimbabwe A, starting next Sunday, before the first Test at Queens Sports Club, which bowls off on October 21.