Holder: Playing field is level for SA game

2015 World Cup

West Indies captain Jason Holder says the ODI series played in South Africa earlier this year counts for nothing now, as they look to beat the Proteas in the World Cup at the SCG on Friday.

The young captain saw his side lose four-one in Africa in January, but feels the World Cup is an entirely different beast, especially as they'll go into the game with a big win while the Proteas lost their most recent game.

Holder said: "It's a different ballgame now. We're into the World Cup. That series has gone and we have two wins, so we have some momentum going into this game. I think both teams are basically on a level playground."

When asked if they'd focus on the danger men like De Villiers, Amla and Steyn, Holder said: "Obviously I've played against their entire team, and they have particular players that stand out.

"You can't underestimate them in a sense. You have to pay special attention to them. We obviously have plans for them, and if we execute our plans, I think we'll be better off at the end of the day."

He also felt that the Windies' bowling was a bit of a concern, while the batting was flowing rather smoothly, having made more than 300 in each game so far: "We're a bit inconsistent.

"Having said that, we've addressed a few things in terms of our mandatory power play overs, just trying to control it a bit more. Having said that, in seven games we didn't really bowl well in the middle overs.

"It's just about stringing more deliveries together, and putting pressure on the middle overs and giving us leeway for the back end. But, yeah, we just need to be a little tighter and little more consistent in what we're doing and bowl particularly well to our fields."

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