Proud Holder looks forward to final


West Indies captain, Jason Holder, is brimming with pride after the West Indies, ranked eighth in the ICC rankings, reached the tri-series final against Australia, by beating South Africa in Barbados.

The West Indies also recorded their first win against Australia since 2012, en route to the final.

Speaking after Friday's win Holder said: "I'm extremely proud, A lot of the guys have been struggling with some niggles and it's just good to see the guys fight through it.

"We know the importance of this series and the importance of moving up the rankings. We've been criticised in the past for being stuck at No.7 and No.8. It's important we keep making strides forward."

Holder expressed a desire to keep this unit together and build a team for the future.

The West Indies have been plagued by inconsistent selection policies in the past with many former players calling out the WICB ahead of the tri-series for picking, Pollard and Narine, who had not featured in domestic cricket. Holder said: "All I can urge is that the guys stay together.

"If we can keep this core group of players together, maybe make one or two changes or additions as we go abroad on tours, but I think it's important for West Indies cricket that we keep a core group of players together and move forward with these guys, identify who we want to take forward and hopefully get the backing of everybody around us and keep these guys together."

The West Indies face Australia in the final in Barbados on Sunday.