• Holder banks on Hope

    Captain Jason Holder has outlined the positive effect batsman Shai Hope has had on the West Indies’ performances, ahead of Friday’s opening World Cup fixture against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

    Hope, who has struck six century and 10 half-tons in 54 ODIs since late 2016, showcased an abundance of talent en route to 101 in a warm-up fixture against New Zealand in Bristol earlier this week.

    ‘I think he’s worked out pretty much his method of scoring in this format,’ said Holder.

    ‘It’s been very, very consistent, which as a group we’ve probably lacked in the recent past. So it’s really good to see a young batter stepping up and being as consistent as he has been and leading the charge for us, and obviously we’ve got power around him and obviously some other touch players.

    ‘I think we’ve got a really good mix in terms of our batter lineup, but obviously Shai has stood out in the recent past with his success and that’s just really down to the fact that he’s been consistent and he’s been working on the method of how he’s going to be successful in this format.’

    Holder, meanwhile, quietened concern over the former of the left-handed Darren Bravo. His last five ODI innings have yielded a mere 36 runs.

    ‘He had a period of time out of the game, which is always hard coming back in, but his energy around the team is exceptional,’ added Holder.

    ‘He’s one of those guys that definitely brings energy to the team, and he’s slowly but surely getting back into his rhythm.

    ‘I think he’s very, very confident going into this first game against Pakistan and he knows the impact he can have on the team and the team’s performance when he gets going.’

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