Skipper Holder defends senior Windies players

Hobart, Dec 13 (IANS) West Indies captain Jason Holder has defended the attitude and contribution of his senior players, following the side’s embarrassing innings defeat by Australia in the first Test here. He said he believes a stronger collective effort is needed in order to turn the series around.

Australia media have been critical of the attitude of the West Indies senior players, in particular batsman Marlon Samuels, who they accused of appearing indifferent in his approach throughout the contest at Bellerive Oval ground, reports CMC.

However, Holder said the player had been showing the right attitude off the pitch. The West Indies lost the first Test by an innings and 212 runs under three days.

“I think there’s a lot of information shared in the dressing room,” Holder told a post-match media conference here on Saturday.

“Senior players pretty much get involved with players of the likes of Marlon Samuels – he has a lot of chats with most of the batsmen – and we have Jerome Taylor leading our attack, having a lot of discussion with the fast bowlers, so I’ve been supported there by the fast bowlers and the senior batsmen.”

“It’s just about putting a strong collective effort together on the particular day – which we struggled with in the past. We need to correct it going forward in this series,” Holder said.

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