In hindsight, Jason Holder standing in as the T20I captain for Carlos Brathwaite wasn’t quite the hit it was meant to be. The side, intentionally same as the one-day unit with the upcoming World Cup in mind, looked jaded and lacked the spark to respond to a new captain at the helm.
Windies imploded to a three-nil defeat in the T20I series, capping off what was overall a stunning few weeks for the Windies, which saw them win the Test series 2-1 and draw the ODI series 2-2.
“We’re a bit disappointed,” Holder admitted after the third T20I in St. Kitts. “But there are still a lot of positives. I definitely would have accepted these results when England started their tour. Winning the Test series was exceptional and parts of the ODI series were equally as good.
“We probably let ourselves down in other parts of the ODI series but England played some great cricket as well. And we were just outplayed in the T20 series. But we’ve seen Sheldon Cottrell come into the side and do well and Oshane Thomas, too. And Chris Gayle has been outstanding. So overall, I’m pretty pleased.”
Windies, quite anticlimactically after the ODI series, were shot out for scores of 45 and 71 in consecutive T20I matches, doing so at the same venue, St. Kitts, which Holder underlined.
“We just didn’t adjust to the wicket,” Holder said. “It was a bit two-paced and England bowled a really hard length and asked us to hit them off that length. The batting didn’t fall apart. We just didn’t play the surface as well as we would have liked. I still feel the batsmen are pretty confident, but the batting is a bit inconsistent in terms of our T20 performances. We need to be tighter at the top to build partnerships.”
Holder said that since it was the ODI side playing T20Is in order to prepare for the World Cup, the results are not something inconsequential. “We don’t want to brush this result aside, but we obviously kept the ODI squad together to play the T20s. And then, we didn’t adjust to the T20 format. We have our plans pretty much nailed down for the ODIs and we played a really good series in that format.
“So there’s still a lot of improvement to be had and I’m obviously disappointed. But I’m not too disheartened by the performance. Overall the guys had a pretty good ODI leg and I feel there’s a lot to build on.”