Jason Holder wants an improved batting performance from his side
After being thrashed by Australia at Guyana in their second game of the tri series, the hosts are eager to get back in shape. The Kangaroos are high on confidence after a much needed win over South Africa at St. Kitts, where an accurate bowling display strangled the South African batsmen. The hosts though, would want to erase the memories of their previous game, where they were crushed by Australia, thanks to a lethargic batting display.
Ahead of his side’s game at St. Kitts, Jason Holder said that he expects an improved batting display. The pacer admitted that his batsmen were rather below par in their previous game, and would have to iron out their flaws if they were to overcome Australia. For Australia, a win here is likely to place them in the final.
“We didn’t bat well in the last game in Guyana,” Holder said. “We won the first game probably in the 48th over chasing 180. I think it’s obvious that we need to put some more runs on the board. This pitch here will be a lot better than Guyana in terms of stroke play. “We saw the game yesterday and it looked like a pretty easy pace and pretty easy going for the batsmen. It’s important for the top four to bat as big as possible, give us a good solid foundation for our middle order to come in and capitalize,” he added.
“Traditionally playing here in St Kitts it tends to get a little slow,” Holder said. “It’s always been a slow track, but I guess the dimensions of the ground make it easier to hit the ball over the top and score freely. But having said that it could be a bit difficult, especially when the slow bowlers are on in the middle overs, to get the ball off the square,” Holder further added.
The West Indian skipper dropped hints that the hosts could use another slow bowling option. “I think we can use that to our favor. We’ve got two good spinners at the moment and there could be a possibility of playing three, you never know. I think it’s important we capitalise when the ball gets softer, as the Australians and South Africans pointed out, we try to peg back the scoring and keep it very tight.”
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