Holder relishes ‘aggressive West Indies’

first_img(CMC) – CAPTAIN Jason Holder said the aggression displayed in yesterday’s seven-wicket victory over Pakistan was a blueprint of the type of cricket West Indies hoped to produce going forward in the ICC World Cup.Bowling with pace and hostility, the Caribbean side needed less than two hours to crush Pakistan for 105 off 21.4 overs then raced to their target in the 14th over with veteran opener Chris Gayle lashing a stroke-filled 33-ball 50.“I think our style was just to be aggressive. We just want to be aggressive against whoever we’re playing. It’s just something that we need to do in order to pick up wickets,” Holder told a post-match media conference.“I think with the modern-day game, if you are not picking wickets up throughout the innings you’re going to struggle to contain teams. So we just want to be aggressive even if we give up a few runs up front, trying to get wickets.“One of the things we’ve spoken about in the recent past is just trying to have that mindset to take wickets, because if you’re not taking wickets you’re going to struggle.”He continued: “I think for every single team in the competition, looking to pick up wickets throughout the entire innings has been a common trend. If you don’t get wickets continuously throughout the innings, you’re going to struggle to contain teams at the very back end.“It’s something you have to do, whether it be through spin, which is the way a lot of teams have gone, or through good fast bowling, which is the direction we’ve been going.”Rookie speedster Oshane Thomas revelled in a fresh pitch and overcast conditions, roughing up the Pakistani batsmen to end with four for 27 while Holder picked up three for 42.Andre Russell was sensational in a pacey three-over burst, taking two for four to initiate the Pakistan collapse.“I thought we bowled really well. We got wickets with the new ball and really set them back, slowed their momentum and quite fortunately for us we were able to keep picking up wickets and they never recovered from the position they were in at the very beginning,” Holder said.“I think when we batted it was a clinical performance as well, obviously Chris starting nicely. He put the accelerator on them and was supported by (Nicholas) Pooran in the very end.”He added: “Thomas has been excellent. The last game he got five wickets then he comes and follows it up with four wickets here today. It was great to see him running in and bowling fast. That’s one thing we ask of him, just to be aggressive in those middle overs, as I said before.“He’s working out quite nicely for us. It’s just a matter for us to be consistent with it, and at times not get carried away in terms of overdoing it.“Andre’s spell had great impact, obviously. It started the slide for Pakistan, and again, he’s one of those players who run in and give it their all. He has a lot of force going through his body, and he’s one player who will give you 110 per cent every time he steps up to the plate.”West Indies, rated underdogs in the tournament, will now face title-holders Australia in their second match next Thursday also at Trent Bridge.And despite yesterday’s convincing victory, Holder said West Indies would remain grounded, especially with a long way to go in the tournament.“I’m not thinking too far ahead. We’ve got Australia in the next encounter. As I said to the guys, we’ve got a long tournament here; it’s just a matter for us to take it game by game and I’m not getting ahead of myself,” he pointed out.“We just want to be consistent. The only thing we can focus on and control is cricket, and we’ve got three departments to make sure we’re clinical in – our batting, bowling and fielding, and I just want us to be the best we can in terms of performing our roles for the team.”last_img read more

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Analog Aging in a Digital World Part 2

first_imgby, Jeanette Leardi, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesIn my most recent post, “Analog Aging in a Digital World,” I discussed “the benefits of adhering to a few analog ways of aging in the world, despite all the digital progress that’s been made” using these examples:Considering older adults as individuals rather than as memes or caricatures.Accepting aging as a natural process.Serving elders by using a person-centered rather than institutionalized approach.These values target healthy perceptions of aging and positive behaviors that arise from them. But there’s a bit more to be said about the benefits of taking analog approaches, especially while a person is young, years before entering older adulthood. Because everyone is aging, it’s smart to want to maintain a productive, quality life as long as possible and to accumulate the kind of social wisdom that comes with experience and a perspective that is honed over many years. In other words, everyone should aspire to be an elder in training. Therefore, why not anticipate that time of life by developing these analog habits early on?Appreciating silence. Our world is becoming more and more crowded with aural and visual noise: blaring music, ubiquitous advertisements, interrupting cross- conversations, superficial and/or strident cable and social media chatter. While these modern, digital situations are designed to convey information quickly, we often forget to question the necessity and quality of that information. Moreover, it seems as though we are losing the ability –– and desire –– to be comfortable with silence, to turn off our electronic devices and simply be in our environments, to really listen to someone else before speaking and to evaluate the level of truth of what we hear and say. Besides seeking freedom from distractions when focusing on tasks, elders often take great pleasure in savoring experiences for their intrinsic value, placing them in proper perspective. Not bad skills for elders in training to hone.Setting personal boundaries of information-sharing. One of the potential gifts of elderhood is the ability to be more discriminating, to know what is important and what is not in any given situation. While there have always been people of all ages who lack personal boundaries and have a compulsion to tell all about themselves or others, there is a growing ease bordering on recklessness regarding the desire to focus on self-important details and to constantly share those details with others. Taking selfies, tweeting, video messaging, texting, and sexting words and pictures are new technological ways of instantaneously updating the world about our lives. But often we don’t take into account that the Internet is an indelible medium and that there is a potential danger in posting personal information that can negatively affect our reputation, including the ability to get hired or keep a job. The question is: Do we gain more than we lose when we voluntarily give up our privacy and dignity to cyberspace on a global and permanent basis? It’s an analog question each of us at any age should ask and answer for ourselves.Making relationships mean something. Social isolation is one of the greatest health threats to older adults, not just because it can deny access to physical support but also because the loneliness and lack of opportunity to contribute to society can lead to depression. Fortunately, networking is one of the activities that the Internet has exponentially improved, and it can be an effective and empowering way to increase one’s presence and knowledge and to share one’s talents and services with others. That being said, it’s worth our while to understand that there are levels to intimacy and commitment, that “friending” thousands of people doesn’t make us popular or more cherished, and that by spending time casting our relationship nets too widely we might begin to neglect tending to relationships with those who are closest to us and whom we value the most. Using social media to keep in touch with family and real friends is a smart way to age in a digital world.These are analog issues that are simple and low-tech and reflect values that worked well in the past and can still apply today.Anyone, regardless of age, can embrace them.Related PostsAnalog Aging in a Digital WorldIt seems that as a society we keep throwing out the traditional baby with the bathwater every time a new cultural development occurs, just because it’s new. Here are a few examples of analog values we should retain that relate directly to aging.The Six Assets of AgingThe deterioration-decline meme that defines aging in our culture originates in a narrow perception of the lifespan that is blind to the priceless assets we accrue as we add years to our lives.What Are the Best Books on Aging?This week I received a guestblog submission from a wonderful ChangingAging reader who is writing a book on graceful aging and submitted a post listing her Top 15 Books onTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: analog Elderhood Second Windlast_img read more

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