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Pollard urges Windies to move on


By Reuters
Published : 24 Oct 2021 09:30 PM | Updated : 26 Oct 2021 06:38 PM

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has a simple advice for his team after being "demolished" by England in their Twenty20 World Cup opener -- forget the thrashing and revive the title defence.

Pollard called the batting capitulation "unacceptable" and expected better in their coming Group I outings.

"It's disappointing to start a tournament like that, being the defending champions," the 34-year-old told reporters.

"Having said that, it's 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 move on."

England's spin duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali shared six wickets between them and Chris Gayle's 13 was the only double digit score in West Indies' sorry-looking scorecard.

“For us, we just need to go back, sort of look at our performances, look at the way we have gotten out and see if we can find maybe a medium as to how we need to approach it,” Pollard said.

The key was to put the setback behind and prepare for the next Group 1 match against South Africa on Tuesday.

“I think for us, it's very, very important that a game like this you sort of forget,” the all-rounder said.

“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.”

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