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Critics Won’t Shut Up, We Have to Silence Them by Playing Good Cricket: Holder

Cricketnext Staff | October 11, 2018, 8:36 AM IST

Windies skipper Jason Holder expressed concern over the chopping and changing of coaches over the last few years stating that the team has constantly had to adjust to different methods and philosophies.

From Ottis Gibson to Phil Simmons to Stuart Law - who will also leave at the end of 2018 - the Windies players haven't had any consistency in mentoring and coaching.

"It's difficult. We have had a number of coaches in the last five years. And I must commend the guys because they have really been professional to be able to adjust to each and every coach that we've had," stated Holder as Windies prepared for the second Test against India in Hyderabad.

"A lot of people don't understand what goes on behind the scenes. And that's pretty much an example of the things the players have had to deal with. Credit must go to the individuals in the group because despite who coaches the team, we are still judged on the cricket that we play.

"That's why I don't get too caught up with people saying what they say, because within, I know what really goes on within the dynamics of the team. It's not an excuse or looking for things to ease pressure, but at the end of the day you deal with reality. Anybody would say that the only way to get results as a team is by coming close together. But if the dynamics of the team changes quite a bit, it's hard to build something. Every time it seems as though you're building something, there's almost a barrier, some kind of obstacle," added Holder.

Holder went on to praise Stuart Law for the professionalism he brought into the team.

"But that's life. I think Stuart has brought a different dynamic in terms of professionalism,” he said. “He's obviously tried to implement certain structures and certain methods, which we needed to change, and credit really must go to Stuart Law for that. Hopefully, whoever comes in, we could just settle on a coach for a little while longer and build something positive for the next couple of years."

Windies had come under severe criticism and scrutiny after their dismal performance in the first Test in Rajkot. However, Holder defended the team stating that they had given some decent performances in the last couple of years.

"We're playing the No.1 team, India, in their backyard. And history would show we haven't won a Test match here since 1994,” he said.

"Sure, we probably haven't won as many series as we'd like. But within the last year, I think we've won two out of four or five series we've played. So I don't understand why people would be this harsh towards us. But everyone is entitled to their opinion. I just focus primarily on what I have to do and what the team has to do. There's no point worrying about what people have to say because people will always have something to say. The only way we can silence the critics - or try to silence them, because I don't think they'll ever shut up - is by playing good cricket."

In a welcome sign, Holder was also confident he would be fit for the second Test after missing the first due to an ankle injury.

"I am pushing really hard to be ready for the Test match. In the last Test match, it just wasn't right. I had a scan and it didn't turn out to be too bad. But, it's a matter of managing the pain. I feel a lot stronger now and the pain has decreased. It's matter of sustaining for five days."

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