‘One good performance from turning things around’


Ahead of the second Test against Australia, starting on Boxing Day in Melbourne, West Indies captain Jason Holder says his team is just one good performance away from turning the corner.

The Windies went down by an innings and 212 runs inside three days in the first Test in Hobart and came in for a barrage of criticism for their lack of fight and effort.

The Caribbean outfit are a shadow of the once proud team that dominated Test cricket in the 1980s, but Holder feels it will take time for his young team to be a force again.

Holder said: "It'll take time before we get the results we're looking for. We need to build and keep building. We need to put something on the table that we can build on.

"At the present time we've been fluctuating with a good performance here and then a bad performance there. It's never been something that we can just make a steady progression forward with.

"That's the main thing for me. We need to understand the position we're in. We have a very young side, very inexperienced, and we have some guys that we need to build a core of players around. Once we understand that it's easier to move forward.

"For me personally I'm always upbeat. I think we're just one good performance from turning things around."

The third and final Test of the series starts on 3 January in Sydney.