Holder tells routed Windies to take a 'look in the mirror'
Birmingham: West Indies captain Jason Holder challenged his side to "look themselves in the mirror" after they suffered an innings and 209-run thrashing by England in the first Test at Edgbaston.
The inaugural day/night Test in Britain was all over on Saturday's third day.
"It's been a tough few days, we were disappointing in this Test match. We lacked consistency when we bowled and we didn't put up any runs," Holder said.
"We got beaten in three days and just weren't up to scratch." Few had given the West Indies much chance ahead of the three-match series but even their sternest critics might have paused before suggesting they would lose 19 wickets in a day.
Yet that is exactly what happened, with the West Indies, who started the day at 44 runs for one wicket, were shot out for 168 runs and 137 after being made to follow on.
"We have to regroup — it's only one Test, and we can't drop our heads down," said Holder.
"The series is not lost... I have to believe, (because) every team is beatable. Each player has to look themselves in the mirror and see where they can improve."
Their bowling was as poor as their batting, with England piling up 514 for eight declared as Root, with 136, and Alastair Cook (243) plundered runs against a hapless attack.