West Indies captain Jason Holder said Australia insists that his team is not being too caught up with their match against Australia on Thursday. Individual players have been throwing barbs in the build-up to the highly anticipated match.

Jason Holder has backed his West Indies attack to bounce their way to World Cup success.

The captain will lead his side out to face Australia on Thursday with the instruction to make their short balls count and target any signs of twitchiness.

West Indies teams from previous eras have thrived as masters of the bouncer.

And with two such deliveries allowed in every over of ODI matches, their modern-day pacemen could hold the key to success over the six-week tournament in England.

Pakistan had little answer to the West Indies attack last Friday, being rolled over for a dismal 105 total, and that gave Holder cause for encouragement.

"If it's a situation where we feel a batsman may be susceptible to the short ball, then we're going to use it," Holder said.

"If it's a situation where that's not the case, then we'll find other alternatives. It's just not stuck on the short ball.

"I think all the teams so far have used the short ball, and it's just something that's in the game. You've got two short balls per over; you might as well use them."

Few sides exploit the short ball better than Holder's West Indies, which is among the reasons they are rated by bookmakers among the trophy favourites.

Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are both expected to be fit for the Australia match after minor injury worries.

And Holder has said the Windies batsmen should "show intent and be fearless" against an Australian attack who can also be counted on to unleash a barrage of bouncers.

With the World Cup still in its early stages, Holder is reluctant to add any pressure on to his players.

"We've got a hurdle to overcome. I think when we overcome that hurdle, then we'll move deeper into the tournament," he said.

"But I just don't want to single out teams particularly. I think all teams are evenly matched and well-balanced, so it's just a matter of playing good cricket on any given day. That's our rule. We want to execute in all three departments."

Andre Russell and Chris Gayle will be monitored after sustaining knocks in West Indies' emphatic Cricket World Cup win over Pakistan on Friday.

Russell, who took 2-4 from three overs of predominantly short-pitched bowling, and Gayle, the only player to reach 50 with the bat, each contributed significantly to a brilliant seven-wicket win in Nottingham.

However, Russell was treated for an apparent ankle injury he sustained towards the end of Pakistan's innings, while Gayle looked to be suffering with a back problem shortly before he fell to Mohammad Amir.

Windies captain Jason Holder is optimistic the duo will have time to recover, with their next match not until Thursday against Australia.

"[Russell] limped off the field, so we're just obviously going to monitor him over the next few days and see how he pulls up for our second encounter against Australia," Holder said.

"I, myself, am not 100 per cent sure what's actually going on with Andre.

"As I said, we've got five days before our next game, so we'll just assess him over the next few days and we'll see what happens."

On Gayle, the skipper added: "[It is the] same thing. After the game, I was eating and what not, so I'm not exactly sure what's going on with Chris, too.

"But the mere fact they sent the physio back off the field is a promising sign, so again, we've got five days to see how he pulls up."

Jason Holder was delighted to see West Indies deliver an opening performance against Pakistan that will increase talk of a Cricket World Cup title challenge.

The Windies dished out a seven-wicket thrashing after Pakistan bowled out for a measly 105 at Trent Bridge

Man-of-the-match Oshane Thomas took 4-27 before Chris Gayle made 50 as West Indies reached their target inside 14 overs.

Windies captain Holder says his side fancy their chances of going all the way and lifting the trophy.

"We wanted to start with a win, so I'm very happy that we started the tournament with a win," Holder said in the post-match presentation.

"It's been a long build-up. We've been anxiously waiting for this first game. It's good to get it out of the way and to be on the better side today.

"As long as we stay fit, we've definitely come here to win this World Cup. But we've got to play the cricket to say that. We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves.

"As I've said, I have no expectations whatsoever - it's just for us to come out and enjoy our cricket and make the people back home proud."

Andre Russell took 2-4 in a brilliant three-over spell and Holder was impressed with how relentless his side as Pakistan were bounced out.

"[Russell] is an impact player. You all can see what he can do with the ball and, as well, with the bat," he said. "It's really good to see him coming and making that impact he did today.

"He was well followed up by Oshane, Sheldon started really well for us, and we were always in the game.

"In the past, we've probably let ourselves down in terms of letting teams get back into the encounter. But credit to the boys with the way we stuck to the task and finished it off."

Praise was also reserved for paceman Thomas, with Holder adding: "It's good to have a young quick in Oshane.

"We know he can be a bit expensive at times, but he's a genuine wicket-taker - and that's a gamble we're willing to take now in the modern-day format.

"With such high totals in cricket, you need to get wickets. That's one area that we wanted to highlight and pinpoint. We see him as an impact player and he came in today and did an outstanding job for us."

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed merely wrote off the defeat as a "bad day" for his batsmen.

"I think today is a bad day for us," he said. "But I'm very confident my team will bounce back."

Pakistan suffered a humiliating start to their Cricket World Cup campaign as they were blown away in a seven-wicket defeat to West Indies at Trent Bridge. 

Windies captain Jason Holder insists the team is in a relaxed frame of mind heading into Friday’s ICC World Cup opener against Pakistan, set to bowl off at 4:30 am (5:30 am ECT).

The regional team will head into the encounter against the Asia squad on a high, following a huge 421 against New Zealand in the last warm-up match, which led to a convincing 10-wicket win. The Windies were anchored by a solid 101 from the in-form Shai Hope but also had major contributions from the talented Evin Lewis and T20 all-around star Andre Russell.  For Holder, the performances are a good sign.

“One thing I like coming into this tournament is that every player is in a good frame of mind. Everybody is playing with a smile on their face, and I think that is how we play our best cricket. We’re fearless, we enjoy what we’re doing and we enjoy one another’s company,” Holder said.

“I can safely say within the group we’ve got that. We have an atmosphere that we would like to create, and we’ve got the energy going into this tournament that we want to have,” he added.

“The rest is left down to us on the field. We just have to execute whatever plans we formulate, and I think execution is key in this tournament. The teams which execute their plans and be as disciplined as they can, more often than not they’re going to come out on top.”

Despite the ground history at Trent Bridge, and their opponents’ questionable form in the lead-up, West Indies captain Jason Holder isn’t getting complacent ahead of his side’s opening clash of the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup.

West Indies captain Jason Holder has backed opener Shai Hope to shine at the Cricket World Cup.

The Windies have looked sharp with the bat in their World Cup warm-up matches and start their campaign against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Hope's form has been hugely impressive, with the 25-year-old having clocked up three centuries in warm-up matches for the tournament, including a haul of 170 against Ireland on May 5.

And, after Hope's 101 helped West Indies to a 91-run victory over New Zealand in their final tune up on Tuesday, Holder believes the batsman is well placed to star at the World Cup.

"Shai has been carrying some form for a long time in the limited overs format and he's really confident," Holder told a news conference.

"I think he's worked out pretty much his method of scoring. It's been very, very consistent, which as a group we've probably lacked in the recent past.

"It's really good to see a young batter stepping up and being as consistent as he has been and leading the charge for us, and we've got power around him.

"I think we've got a really good mix in terms of our batter line-up, but obviously Shai has stood out in the recent past with his success."

Given the Windies' form with the bat, Trent Bridge – with its short boundary – could present an ideal venue to kick-start their campaign, but Holder insisted that his side have no preconceptions ahead of their opening fixture.

"I don't want to sit here and try to predetermine what's going to happen," Holder added. "We assess the conditions and we play to suit. It doesn't matter where we're playing.

"That's the way cricket is played, and that's the nature of the game. I don't want to sit before a game and say we're looking to score 500 or 600.

"We are all excited to play in England. The magnitude of this tournament speaks for itself. There's no need to sit here and harp on about it, we just want to take it game by game."

Pakistan offered little resistance to England in a 4-0 series loss earlier in May, before losing to Afghanistan in their final preparation match.

"We are not thinking about the previous results," Captain Sarfraz Ahmed told a news conference. 

"We didn't play well as a team, but our batters are performing well, so we don't think about it. We are very focused and we are very hopeful as a team that we will do well."

Windies captain Jason Holder has hailed the team’s big win over New Zealand in their final official ICC World Cup warm-up match as welcomed momentum heading into the start of the tournament.

In-form batsman Shai Hope stroked another brilliant 100 and was backed up by half-centuries from Evin Lewis and Andre Russell as the regional team piled up 421 runs.  In response, the Windies took any possibility of the fixture materializing as a contest after claiming early wickets, following early breakthroughs from Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach and O’Shane Thomas.  In the end, the Black Caps were 91 runs short of the target.

For Holder, such a strong all-around performance with the team bowing into action in just a couple days’ time against Pakistan is encouraging.  Especially on the back of a Tri-series performance, which featured Ireland and Bangladesh that was less than impressive.

“It was a good win; any win is good right now in the position we are in because we are building towards something special at the World Cup.  To get this momentum going into the first game against Pakistan I think is key,” Holder said following the game.

“I was also pleased with the bowlers.  I thought we stuck to our task.  It was a really good wicket, we were able to do what we wanted to do.”

 

 

West Indies captain Jason Holder has asserted that his side are sufficiently prepared for this summer's ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, despite them going wicketless in a rain-affected warm-up bout against South Africa. 

The Windies will have to play against nine teams and in so doing find a way to be better than six of them if they are to get past the first phase of the ICC World Cup in England and Wales that begins later this week. 

With just over a week to go to the start of the 12th edition of the global showpiece, Holder joined the nine other captains who assembled at The Film Shed on the lively east end of London for the official Captains Media Day.

After failing to make the playoffs of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Barbados Tridents have made some of the most notable drafts in the 2019 edition of the competition.

The Tridents, after being forced to take on new ownership just over a week ago, have already gone about the business of turning their fortunes around with the employ of England’s big-hitting opener, Alex Hales during the CPL’s draft on Wednesday, which took place at the Gfinity eSports Arena in London.

The Tridents wasted little time in using the very first pick of the draft to snare the big-hitting England batsman, who, speaking later during the draft, said he was thrilled to be heading back to an island he described as one of his favourite places to play cricket for what will be his first taste of the biggest party in sport.

Hales also wants to get back into the England set up, and hopes playing in tournaments like the CPL will do that.

“I think it's a good opportunity. These tournaments now are well-respected all around the world, particularly by the selectors and ECB. So yeah I'd love to use these tournaments to hopefully get back into the frame for next year,” said Hales.

In addition, the Tridents, who just days ago, announced West Indies captain Jason Holder as their marquee player, have also picked up Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali and Sandeep Lamichane.

Those three will combine with locals in Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Chemar Holder, Roshon Primus, Raymon Reifer, Joshua Bishop, Justin Greaves, and Hayden Walsh.

From overseas, the Tridents will also employ the use of Leniko Boucher, Imad Wasim in the line-up.

The Hero Caribbean Premier League begins on September 4 and continues through to October 12.

The Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending champions and are expected to be hunting for a historic three-peat this season, having won in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder is anxious to do well at the ICC Cricket World Cup at the end of this month, but he is also looking back to previous One Day Internationals for what you could term, inspiration. 

West Indies captain Jason Holder is the marquee player for the under-new-management Barbados Tridents ahead of this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). 

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