Saturday, February 24, 2018

We let ourselves down, laments Holder*

PRIZED SCALP: England’s Joe Root is bowled by West Indies’ Kesrick Williams for 54 during Tuesday’s first One-Day International at Old Trafford, Manchester. —Photo: AFP

SKIPPER Jason Holder said Tuesday 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 [by being] just too inconsistent and allowing them to score a bit too freely.”

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