West Indies Test Captain Jason Holder says the Windies’ loss to India in the teams’ first Test boils down to nothing else than a lack of execution from the Caribbean side.
India won the Test by an innings and 92 runs.
“We just need need to string together partnerships for longer periods,” Holder said. “We’ve been able to get starts in terms of 20-, 30-run partnerships but not been able to convert them to 50, 50-run partnerships and then onward. Test cricket is about occupying the crease and taking time. We didn’t really show up for long periods. Everybody came in, probably got set a few starts but just haven’t been able to get going. It’s important for the top batsmen to actually set the tone. First innings Craig Brathwaite did a reasonable job of it. But wickets just kept falling around him. We just weren’t able to string together that partnership up front.”
The second Test between the teams begins 30 July.