Holder: It’s clear that the batting let us down


West Indies captain Jason Holder has put the blame squarely on his batsmen after they were on the end of a two-nil clean sweep in the Test series against Sri Lanka.

The Windies went down by 72 runs in the final Test at the P.Sara Oval on Monday after they were bowled out for 171 chasing a target of 244.

In the two Tests played, the Caribbean outfit only passed 250 once while they failed to reach 200 in both innings in the second game.

The bowlers did well in the whites with the hosts posting totals of 200 and 206 while the Windies only conceded one half-century in the match.

Holder said after the game: "It's clear that the batting let us down. I think we need to work on our temperament.

"At times we need to be a lot more patient and know which phases of the game to hang in and in which phases of the game we can attack.

"Sometimes we may look a little rash and sometimes we may look a little defensive. We just need to curb aggression with some defence. I wouldn't say we have a difficulty playing spin.

"The nature of our wickets at home is not too far apart from here in Sri Lanka. It's just a case of not being patient enough and trusting our defence."

The two teams will now contest a four-match ODI series followed by two T20s.