Cricket

Captain urges teammates to focus on themselves and not the opponent

Saturday, June 22, 2019

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MANCHESTER, England — West Indies players have got to focus on themselves and not on other teams, says skipper Jason Holder, as the Caribbean men look to get back on track at the Cricket World Cup.

Today, the West Indies, who are on the outside looking in as teams jostle for semi-final places, come up against in-form New Zealand at Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire Cricket Club.

“I don't want to talk about New Zealand, to be fair. I think we have enough on our plate — we have to manage our own men,” the 27-year-old said during a press conference yesterday.

“I think once we play solid cricket, we can definitely beat New Zealand. We've shown that we can beat New Zealand, as recent as the warm-up game. We've just got to focus on what we need to do. We need to be a lot better now through departments.”

Holder told journalists that the team has discussed the way forward, and now the aim is to execute come game time.

“We've had a few frank discussions within the dressing room to find ways in which we can improve.

“I think all teams would get themselves in that situation at some point. But, yeah, we've had some pretty good discussions over the last couple of days. And tomorrow is just a day to deliver,” said the West Indies captain.

“It's just a situation where we've just got to play smarter cricket. We've just got to seize the crucial moments in the game. I don't think we've done that well enough here in this tournament so far.

“We've got to be a little bit clearer as to our plans, make sure we make adjustments on any given day if our plan A doesn't work,” he added.

Up to the time of yesterday's game in which Sri Lanka surprisingly beat hosts and one of the tournament's favourites England by 20 runs, West Indies were seventh in the 10-team table with three points from five games.

Unbeaten New Zealand are second with nine points from five. Australia, who have played six games, are top with 10 points.

— Sanjay Myers


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