ICC World Cup Jason Holder has no regrets about gambling on Russell’s fitness

first_img Southampton: Andre Russell’s troublesome knee flaring up time and again but West Indies skipper Jason Holder insists that “match-winner” Andre Russell’s fitness is a gamble worth taking. The West Indies all-rounder once again pulled up a knee injury during their eight-wicket defeat to England in a World Cup match here on Friday and he went off the field after bowling to Jonny Bairstow.The 31-year-old had earlier also left the ground during West Indies’ game against Australia on June 6. “It’s been difficult so far for him. We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving difficult,” admitted Holder.Holder desperately wants Russell, who is a match-winner on his day, to be a part of West Indies paying XI during crucial World Cup matches.  “Going forward, we have to persist. He is here for a reason. We think he can be a match-winner for us. We have just got to cope with him. We have got to do everything we possibly can with him to keep him on the park,” the captain said. The West Indies have suffered their second defeat in four games but Holder is confident of his team making the semifinals of the World Cup. “I think it would be very foolish not to be confident (we can reach the semis). There’s still a lot of cricket to be played in this tournament. We have only played four games. There is a hell of a lot of cricket left to be played,” said Holder. He said the players would have to come up with a disciplined performance against Bangladesh in their next match in Taunton on Monday. “We have just got to be disciplined and make sure we come against Bangladesh firstly in our next game and make sure we beat Bangladesh. Holder admitted that England simply outplayed them. “We needed to make early inroads here. But we felt we had a really good chance at the halfway stage even though we felt we were still a few runs short. “Having said that, the way we have been bowling, we have been backing ourselves to get new-ball wickets. It didn’t happen for us today, well played England,” he said. highlights West Indies have lost two of four league games. Jason Holder is leading the side for first time in World Cup. Andre Russell is currently suffering from knee injury. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Hope says didn’t do enough in ODI series, looks forward to T20s

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Despite being the West Indies’ lead scorer in two of the three matches in the just concluded ODI series, Shai Hope has lamented that he did not do enough to give his side a desired victory over Sri Lanka.Hope made 238 runs at average of 79.3 runs per innings in the three-match series, top-scoring in the first match with 115 and again in the third with 72. He put 51 on the board in the second match against the hosts.But speaking to the media after West Indies lost their last contest to suffer a whitewash at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday night, the 26-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman said he wanted to do more as his team tried to record their first series win on Sri Lankan soil.“I feel as if I’m not scoring enough runs. I’m just trying to do my job for the team,” said Hope, who was on the field more than any other player in the series.“My job is to bat long and score runs and it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get the wins in this series. They say there’s a learning curve for everything, so hopefully we can learn from this as quickly as possible and move on from there.”Hope also acknowledged that, overall, the West Indies “didn’t play the crucial moments well”, especially in the first and last contests.“Cricket is one of those games where you have to grasp those game-changing moments and we didn’t do that. I think Sri Lanka did that pretty well. So that’s one thing that I can highlight for this series and going forward, that is one thing we should really point out as a team,” he added.As the Caribbean men prepare for their T20 International series which will also be played here – the first match today and the second on Friday – they will be hoping to put the series loss behind them and learn from their mistakes.“We just have to continue believing in what we know we can do and what the team can achieve. We’ve done enough to get here and we just need to tick a few more boxes to get us across that line,” Hope said.“We’ve had a decent run of form in the past few ODI tours that we’ve had. So yes, it’s a 3-0 loss and a setback for us, but there’s a lot to look forward to. We can say we ticked some boxes in this series, but having said that, there’s a lot that we can work on. So, we’re looking forward to see what we have in store for the next series.”The squad will be looking to build momentum towards the ICC T20 World Cup which will be played in Australia later this year.Included are dynamic all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell who played vital roles when the West Indies won the World Cup under captain Darren Sammy in 2012 and again in 2016.Hope said he was pleased to be back in the T20 squad and hoped to learn from the duo.“I played one game against the Afghanistan team in India and I always want to play every format if I can. I’m just glad to be here again. They’ve (Russell and Bravo) been playing T20 cricket for however long now, and they have a heap of experience.I’m sure that the guys coming up, the new ones in the team, like myself, we can get some knowledge from them and hopefully they can continue doing what they do best and we can win this series coming up,” he said.last_img read more