Captain Kieron Pollard has branded West Indies’ paltry 55 against England on Saturday as “unacceptable” but has urged his embattled side to quickly put the humiliating defeat behind them.
West Indies were bundled out cheaply for 55 – their lowest ever Twenty20 World Cup total and second-lowest in T20 Internationals – as they slumped to a six-wicket loss in their opening group stage game of the Twenty20 World Cup.
“It’s plain to see. Obviously, we didn’t bat well. It’s disappointing to start a tournament like that, being defending champions,” Pollard told a post-match media conference.
“But having said that, [it is] something that we just need to accept. We accept it. We take full responsibility for what transpired out there and for us, games like these, you try to bin it as quickly as possible and then you move on.”
He added: “I think for us, it’s very, very important that a game like this you sort of forget. You try to dig too much into it, then you might unearth some things that you don’t really want to. For us, it’s pretty simple: accept and move on.”
The reigning champions went with an experienced line-up for their opener, with the out-of-sorts Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons and injury-plagued Andre Russell all included.
But the Caribbean side plunged to 44 for six at the half-stage of the innings and never recovered, only the 42-year-old Gayle making it to double figures with 13.