ICC World Cup: West Indies bowlers need to be more consistent, says skipper Holder

Wellington: West Indies have their own inconsistencies to blame for being bundled out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals, captain Jason Holder said following their 143-run trouncing by New Zealand.

The class of 2015 fell well short of the standards set by proud West Indies teams of the past which have twice won the World Cup. They were the last team to qualify for the play-offs and in their first sudden-death match in Wellington on Saturday they were all out for 250 in the 31st over after New Zealand had posted an imposing 393 for six.

West Indies' captain Jason Holder. PIC/AFP
West Indies' captain Jason Holder. PIC/AFP

The New Zealand innings was set up by a remarkable World Cup record 237 not out by Martin Guptill, the second highest ODI score ever, but Holder said that would not have happened under a better West Indies side.

“It was obviously a good innings. He took the game away from us. But we put him down early and we had a few half chances which we could probably have taken,” Holder said after seeing Marlon Samuels drop Guptill when the opener had made just four.

“I think we need to respond a little bit better when we’re bowling at the death. We didn’t really land our yorkers and we paid for it.” Holder said the performance was typical of the way the West Indies had played throughout the tournament, winning three and losing three pool games.

“We’ve had some good games, we’ve had some bad games. Our bowlers have to be a lot more consistent than they are at the moment.”

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