Jamaica Observer:- Despite their good run of form in recent times, West Indies captain Jason Holder is by no means content as he stressed that his team still has a few things to improve on ahead of their next assignment.
Among the areas of concern for Holder is the team’s dismal batting display in second innings as well as a no-ball problem which has seen them missing out on wickets at crucial times.
Holder made the declaration shortly after West Indies wrapped a 2-0 series sweep over Bangladesh with a 166-run win on the third day of the second Test at Sabina Park on Saturday.
West Indies tallied 354 in their first innings after closing day one on 295-5 and later crumbled to a second innings total of 129. However, thanks to a strong bowling performance from the seamers, West Indies were able to restrict Bangladesh to 149 and 168 in both innings.
The previous week, the regional side came away with a 219-run win in the first Test in Antigua.
“We still have a few areas that we need to tighten up on; obviously we need to get more runs in two consecutive innings and the top order has to come to the party a little bit more.
“I thought the energy in this game was pretty good in terms of the fielding, but we still can push a little bit harder, so a bit of improvement is needed obviously in our batting, especially the second time out.So hopefully in the next couple of weeks, months the guys can put it together,” Holder told reporters in a post-match interview.
Though expressing some pleasure with what he described as a step in the right direction for the West Indies after inching up to eighth on the International Cricket Council Test rankings, Holder is aware that a continuation of their progress will be heavily reliant on players doing some soul-searching.
This as West Indies will face an even tougher assignment against India in September, before travelling to South Asia for another date with Bangladesh.
“We still have some time to make some personal improvements to our games and hit the ground running in September when we get to India,” Holder noted.
He continued: “I just think we need to understand our games a little bit more and work on a few more scoring options to expand our games, especially when the slower bowlers come on.
“It is a problem to West Indies cricket for the last seven to 10 years in terms of our play to slower bowling, so we have to find ways to negotiate spinners on tough tracks, maybe a bit more improvising in throwing them off their line and length. I think that is something that we really need to pay attention to, especially going to the subcontent in the latter half of the year.
And when quizzed about the no-ball problem, the skipper, who himself is a culprit of overstepping, pointed out that the issue is currently under the scanner of a few experienced minds, mainly the likes of a former stalwart turned bowling coach Corey Collymore.
“I think that is definitely something that we need to spend some more time on in the nets. you come to different grounds and it’s a different feeling to most ends when factors come into play. So I think it is something that we just need to make adjustments to and know when we get the wind factor whether it will be assisting us or against us,” Holder reasoned.
“But I don’t want to make excuses in terms of the no-ball issue; it is just something that we will have to sit down and address. We have been trying to put our heads around it and we have seen some improvements, obviously not where we want to be, but I think we are heading in the right direction in terms of that,” he ended.