Sloppy fielding led to Windies defeat, says Holder

West Indies captain Jason Holder has said sloppy fielding by his side was the cause of their innings defeat to Sri Lanka in their first test at the Galle International Stadium yesterday.

The Caribbean side suffered an innings and six-run defeat to their hosts in the second session of the fourth day of the Test match.

Their effort was marred by several sloppy misfields, two missed run-out attempts and five shelled catches, including a sixth that was not attempted.

“We created chances with the ball, but we just didn’t take them when they came,” Holder lamented.

“If we had, their first innings total would have looked a lot different. If we had new batsmen in at crucial stages when our fast bowlers were fresh, we would have had a chance to have a good burst at them.”

Jermaine Blackwood, in a gallant attempt to avert an innings defeat, fell eight runs shy of a century as West Indies were bowled out for 227 in their second innings.

Jermaine Blackwood’s 92 was not enough to save the Windies from defeat

Apart from Blackwood the only other West Indian batsman to score a half century in the match was Darren Bravo with an even 50 in the first innings.

Several front-line batsmen again failed to capitalise on starts as the left arm spinner Rangana Herath took four second innings wickets to finish the match with his fifth 10-wicket haul in Tests.

“It’s important that we put up a first innings total that’s respectable,” said Holder, who played his first match as Test captain, in just his ninth Test overall.

“We only scored 250-odd in the first innings, and it set us back. We were pretty much behind the game from there. It was a track you could score runs on once you applied yourselves. Not much in it for the bowlers. Even Rangana Herath – I thought with the harder ball, he was more effective.”

Devendra Bisho grabbed four for 143 as Sri Lanka piled up a huge first innings score of 484 all out.

The 23-year-old skipper has applauded the efforts of his bowlers.

“I must commend our bowlers. They did really well in the first innings. To come back at the opposition and actually bowl them out was very, very commendable,” Holder said.

“I thought our spinners bowled reasonably well, and our part-timers in Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite did a wonderful job for us. I thought the combination was good enough for this game. It was unfortunate that we didn’t hold our chances. I guess we paid for it.”

The second Test will be played in Colombo starting next week Thursday.


Source: Jamaica Observer/CMC

6 Responses to Sloppy fielding led to Windies defeat, says Holder

  1. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt October 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Excuses, excuses, excuses. Tired with the lame ass excuses. We’ve heard everyone in the book and some that ain’t even in it. Now lets hear the worn out cliche’…”going back to the drawing board.” And find another excuse to lose

  2. Alex Alleyne October 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    For years now WI has been the “worst fielding team” in Test cricket . This squad is not correct . First you carry a “genuine” opening bat and he cannot make the final eleven . Then you carry a “brute force” bowler in Grabiel (who should not have been no the tour) to bowl on “dust bins” for pitches . And a player in Carlos Brathwaite who is good with bat and ball just sitting on the bench. S Hope bat in the middle all his life until he made the WI squad . (You start out at kinder garden then on to University.) Not the other way around.
    Oh how it is nice to be “loved” by the selectors in WI cricket.
    Ramdin is a waste with the bat he should have been out of the team by now , but then again….. “its nice to be loved”.

  3. Tony Webster October 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    What a monumental pity that this young skipper is so burdened, with mediocrity at every turn, and incompetence of management from those gorilliphants calling the shots.

    Doan worry, the West Indies cricket Board of Controlled Demolition, will soon come out and assure us that we are going to wipe the floor with Putin’s eleven.

    Where is God? At the very least He could open up a sink-hole to accommodate us all to escape our colossal, ongoing, inescapable ignominious shame. WICB first into the sink-hole.

  4. dave October 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Not Excuses -The truth —catches win matches –

    they the Windies dropped catches (thats not an excuse; thats a fact)
    However , West Indies always beat themselves before a match starts.
    Caribbean people as former colonial subjects always seek to punish very hard so we punish our own very harshly -Case in point. When the cricketers went to South Africa in the 1980s, West Indies banned players for life–others banned their players for 3 years. In this series , the Coach made a statement and two men suspended the coach Phil Simmons who was on his way to Sri Lanka. Very poor !

  5. carson c cadogan October 18, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Jason , my boy, I hope that you are prepared to attend many press conferences and to make all kinds of apologies for West Indies poor performances.

    This is the first of many for you.

  6. jrsmith October 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    We just fail, fail , fail, fail and fail, and excuses ,excuses, excuses. and years will come and go, and we are all going to fail, the governments in the region is just like the cricket.

    It would be better for all of us ,if the men in the region, as politicians and anything to do with cricket,just pack they bags and go off some where far , far, leaving the women to put things right.


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