Everyone is gonna come hard at us: Jason Holder
Windies captain Jason Holder says he is expecting opposition teams to “come hard” on his side ahead of the favourites’ World Cup Qualifiers opener in Harare on Tuesday (March 6). Windies open their account against the United Arab Emirates at Old Hararians, a venue the Barbadian all-rounder says offers plenty of runs.
“We have a situation where every team knows how the other play,” said Holder. “As for ourselves, everyone is gonna come hard at us. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We just need to be disciplined from the onset. Being disciplined and not put ourselves under unnecessary pressure.”
Holder’s cautious approach is indeed understandable and Windies ought to have some respect for everyone in this tournament. Afghanistan beat the men from the Caribbean by 29 runs last week in a warm-up match reduced to 35 overs due to rain. More of such results, given how the weather has also played a part, can be expected in the proper tournament.
“It’s a big contest,” said Holder. “In these short tournaments, you need to start well. The weather has been a bit bad, so we don’t want to find ourselves scrambling though in the end.”
Old Hararians could be a batting paradise on its day, and Holder is looking forward to enjoy the conditions. “We will have a look and see what it brings,” he said. “It seems to be a good wicket, seeing it from the Netherlands-Ireland match. The balls comes on to the bat. Were are looking to capitalise and get a big score.”
With Windies expected to unleash its pace armoury, Holder is also excited about the veteran left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, who took 5 for 20 in a warm-up match against the UAE to rescue them after a batting collapse. Having totalled 116, UAE ended up being bowled out for 83.
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