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Windies skipper Jason Holder forced to play waiting game

West Indies captain Jason Holder already had one of the toughest jobs at the World Cup but this week faces the hardest assignment for any sportsman — waiting to see if other results will send his team into the quarter-finals.

The 23-year-old fast bowling all-rounder was a shock selection as captain for the tournament, if anything in the chaos that has been West Indies cricket for the last few years can still be described as a surprise.

Despite his efforts, the twice former champions have been consistent only in their inconsistency in their first five Pool B matches.

A meek defeat to Ireland in their opener was followed by a thrashing of Pakistan and then a victory over Zimbabwe on the back of Chris Gayle`s double century.

The momentum from those victories was lost, however, in a 257-run humbling at the hands of South Africa and a four-wicket defeat to India in Perth last Friday.

The loss to India would have been worse had Holder, batting at number nine, not scored a career best 57 runs to give the team some sort of total to defend.

“We just sort of unlace things, try to work out stuff. Obviously we didn`t bat well in (Perth) so we just need to address a few areas.

“But there are ways that I will go about doing it, but we just need to be honest with ourselves and we just didn`t bat well enough in these last two games, and the batsmen just need to be accountable for putting runs on the board.”

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