Windies Test and One Day International (ODI) captain Jason Holder is set to be named leader of the T20 squad, currently captained by Carlos Brathwaite, for the upcoming series against England.

The move is, however, expected to be a temporary one that is geared towards helping the team prepare for the ICC World Cup later this year. 

According to a recent Espncricinfo report, it is hoped that the keeping Holder in charge of a largely unchanged ODI squad for the three T20 internationals, will help with team chemistry ahead of the July tournament. 

Ahead of the tournament, the Windies will play against Ireland and Bangladesh in a Tri-nation series.  However, most the team’s top players could miss out on that tournament due to a scheduling conflict with the IPL and could make the match-up against England the last major challenge the team has before the tournament.  The report claims the selectors and Holder are already onboard with the changes, but it is yet to be approved by the board.  Brathwaite is expected to resume regular duties after the tournament.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron and Captain Jason Holder have expressed optimism about the WINDIES future as the side continues to demonstrate “the immense talent of West Indians.”

Windies skipper Jason Holder has hailed the impact of top opening batsman Chris Gayle who cracked 135 in a losing effort against England on Monday.

On a placid Kensington Oval pitch that suited the batsmen, the 39-year-old left-hander cracked an astounding 12 sixes and four 4s enroute to his 135 off 129 balls.  The effort was, however, somewhat in vain as England cruised to a six-wicket win on the back of centuries from Jason Roy (123) and Joe Root (102).  The result saw England move ahead 1-0 in the five-test One Day International series.

“Credit to our batters I thought we played exceptionally well on what was a really good pitch, one of the best I have seen at Kensington Oval for a while. I thought Chris played a really good innings. He took a bit of time upfront, got himself set and then put pressure back on the spinners in the middle and forced Eoin Morgan to bring back the seamers back a bit earlier. I felt he held the innings together and gave other batters a chance to express themselves,” Holder said.

“England played well to chase down our target. We’re now 1-0 down so we know we have to bounce back on Friday and look to make it 1-1 before we head off to Grenada.”

The teams will play the second ODI at the same venue tomorrow.

Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has backed the regional team to spring a few surprises at this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup. 

The Windies only just secured a spot in the final, having qualified from the ICC World Cup qualifiers last year.  Since then, however, the team has shown signs of improvement under the leadership of current skipper Jason Holder.

Lloyd, who won the tournament as the captain in 1974 and ’78, is confident the team has the ability but is yet to find a level of consistency.

 “I think they can be the surprise package,” Lloyd said of the team’s chances.

“The West Indies had a very good one day side four years running but you can never get the same guys playing.  They go off to the IPL or somewhere else. But when you have them they gel together,” he added.

“They were quite a formidable side. If they have the right combination here they will be a force to be reckoned with in this competition.”

The Windies will play their first match of the tournament against Pakistan on May 31st.  The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage

 

Windies skipper Jason Holder claims the unit is pleased to once again don the underdogs' tag ahead of the One Day International (ODI) series against England, which bowls off on Wednesday.

Heading into the series as the world’s number-one ranked team, England will once again be heavy favourites, with the regional side ranked some eight places below them. 

With the situation very similar to the one they faced in the Test series, where the Windies dominated to win 2-1.  Holder, who was suspended for the only the third and only Test the team lost, is hoping to return and make an immediate impact.

“We're pretty confident, we have momentum from the Test series and good experience in the dressing room,” Holder said.

“We pack a pretty heavy punch when we're stacking up our team. 'Underdogs' is not a bad tag to have - it's more pressure on them and less pressure on us,” he added.

“It was tough watching the Test in St Lucia but I'm very hungry to get back on the park and looking forward to the challenge of carrying the team forward.”

The Windies will face an even tougher test than the Test series with both pacers Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach out of action.  Keemo Paul, Evin Lewis and Rovman Powell are also ruled out.

Winning the third Test and avoiding a whitewash against West Indies represented a "step forward" for England, according to captain Joe Root.

England were comfortably beaten by 381 runs in the first match of the series before a hapless display in Antigua saw the tourists go down by 10 wickets.

In St Lucia, a 125-run first-innings stand from Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes was followed by a stunning five-for from Mark Wood, before Root's century set the Windies a hefty target of 485 for a whitewash.

Roston Chase made a gritty hundred to keep their hopes alive, but he received minimal support as the hosts went down by 232 runs on Tuesday.

"It was important we played well this week. It should be a real confidence-booster going into an exciting summer for us," said Root.

"West Indies deserved to win the series, they outplayed us in the first two games, but it's a real step forward for this team to perform like we did this week.

"I thought we played some good cricket. In that first innings we managed to find a way to ride out some difficult moments in bowler-friendly conditions and then we got up to a good score. Then the bowlers got us on top and we went from there.

"We played better, that's important, we've got a fantastic squad, but over the next couple of years you'll see a huge amount of improvement."

Windies captain Jason Holder was suspended for the final match and had no doubt that, despite claiming a 2-1 series victory, the team can get better.

"It was disappointing the way we played in the last Test but there are still a few positives to write home about. Credit to the boys - although we lost this match we played a pretty good series. We still have a lot of improvements to make but lots of positive coming out of the series," said Holder.

"We have to keep improving in all three facets of the game - we've got to be clinical and be a lot more consistent than we have been in the past.

"Credit to our bowling unit, I think our bowlers have been outstanding and we just need our batters to come to the party more often than not.

"[The win is] important in a few contexts. It counts in the ICC rankings, counts for the morale of the side as well.

"We need to continue to build and improve as a side, not just rest on our laurels and think we've achieved something. We're still pretty low in the rankings and our goal is to be number one in the world, so there's definitely a lot to improve on and put right and a lot of positives we need to keep within in the team."

Kraigg Brathwaite will be happy to seek the advice of suspended captain Jason Holder when he leads West Indies against England in the third and final Test.

Holder was banned for one game due to a slow over rate during the 10-wicket success in the second Test in Antigua - a result which secured the Windies' series victory.

Brathwaite is the man to step up in the skipper's absence but the opening batsman expects Holder to remain an influential presence within the home dressing room in St Lucia.

"Of course, he's the leader of the group. His voice will be crucial for us," Brathwaite told reporters ahead of the Test starting on Saturday.

"He'll still be there, we are a family and we'll support each and every one. It'll be the same, obviously I'm captain for this game but he'll be around."

And Brathwaite is all too aware that the Windies can ill-afford to be slow in bowling their overs.

"We have to do that, we can't keep being behind and losing our captain so it's something we have a plan for and we can't let it happen again.

"I wouldn't say it's [just] Shan [fast bowler Shannon Gabriel], as a team all the fielders can get around faster, we have to improve on it."

Asked what sort of statement a 3-0 scoreline would send around the world, Brathwaite replied: "[That] West Indies cricket is strong.

"We're aiming for consistency. We won the series and we're aiming to win the third [Test], we need to be consistent - that's one of the main things for us."

On the eve of the third and final Test against England, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is hoping for a bounty of wickets on a St. Lucia pitch that has been good to him in the past.

Windies captain Jason Holder is hoping an upcoming stint with English county club Northamptonshire will help with his acclimatization ahead of the ICC World Cup.

The 27-year-old regional team skipper, rated as the best all-rounder in the world, recently signed with the club for part of the 2019 season.  Holder will take part in the team’s first two County Championship matches and the first six Royal London One-Day Cup games.

Holder expressed delight at being able to join the English club and looks forward to experiencing the conditions of English cricket.

“I'm hopeful, from a personal point, that it will provide me a good opportunity of acclimatising to English conditions and getting some time in the middle ahead of the World Cup in England, and I'm grateful to Northamptonshire for the opportunity which I am really looking forward to,” Holder said.

“England is somewhere I've wanted to play for a long time and I'm looking forward to the experience of county cricket and testing myself in the different conditions,” he added.

“Northamptonshire has a reputation of being a good club to be a part of, with a tight-knit squad and coaches who want to get the best out of their players.”

 

The Windies ODI squad for the first two upcoming matches against England starting February 20, has been bolstered by the recall of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.

Windies captain Jason Holder has climbed into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres Test Player Rankings following the completion of the Test against England in Antigua last Saturday.

Jason Holder's suspension for a slow over-rate has been labelled "punitive" by Cricket West Indies president David Cameron.

West Indies captain Holder guided his team to a superb Test series win over England with a match to spare, having secured a 10-wicket hammering in the second game in Antigua.

However, he will not play in the series finale against Joe Root's men in St Lucia, which starts on Saturday, having been sanctioned by the ICC.

The Windies were two overs short of their over-rate target, which led to Holder receiving a one-match ban and a 40 per cent fine of his match fee.

But Cameron believes the punishment handed to Holder, who was found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Barbados Test against Sri Lanka last year, sends out the wrong message.

"We will, of course, abide by the ICC ruling, but we have to wonder if such punitive action at a pivotal stage of the series is good for cricket," Cameron said. 

"What a shame if the series is remembered not for the sparkling play of the reinvigorated West Indies players but for a crippling decision made by a rule that ought to be modified.

"Jason now has the opportunity to benefit from resting his body over the period of the next Test and be well prepared for the upcoming ODI series against England which begins on February 20."

Holder has made 229 runs in the series thus far, including an unbeaten double century in the first Test, while the all-rounder has also taken seven wickets.

Windies captain, Jason Holder, has been suspended for the final Test against the touring England. Holder was suspended for having a slow overrate in the second Test, even though the game ended within three days. Is there a ploy to help England avoid a whitewash?

West Indies will be without Jason Holder for the third and final Test against England after their captain was handed a one-match ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Holder's side recorded a crushing 10-wicket victory in the second Test to wrap up the series, but the skipper has been punished for a slow over-rate in Antigua.

The Windies were two overs short of their target, so Holder will play no part when they attempt to pull off a whitewash in St Lucia and the all-rounder has also been fined 40 per cent of his match fee.

Holder's team-mates were docked 20 per cent of their match fees by the ICC.

The captain was also found guilty of a minor over-rate offence during the Barbados Test against Sri Lanka last year.

Holder has played a huge part in the Windies' triumph over England, making a first Test double century at the Kensington Oval to claim the man of the match award and also impressing with the ball, while leading the side so impressively.

Vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite is expected to lead the team in Holder's absence, having done so in two Tests against Bangladesh last year while the 27-year-old was injured.

The final Test of the series gets under way on Saturday.

Windies captain Jason Holder has pointed to a newfound hunger in the team as a key component to success, following an unexpected but dominant series win over England.

The regional team regained the Wisden trophy on the back of a 10-wicket win over the British, the world number three ranked team, on Saturday in Antigua.  The result followed on the back of a 381-run win in Barbados, where Holder had a major contribution with a sparkling double century.

 The results marked the first Test series win over England since 2009 and their first against a side other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 2012.  Perhaps even more than the result was the determined, disciplined and gusty approach that the team took in securing the victory.

“We are hungry.  We are hungry for success,” was Holder’s assessment.

“This group has been together for a year and a half to two years and we have been doing some exceptional things.  Credit to the boys for sticking to the task.  I think it’s something we really wanted.  Obviously last year the way we ended was kind of down as well, it was a bit disappointing and everybody wanted to turn things around,” he added.

“After the tour of Bangladesh it wasn’t there but the guys really had a long hard talk in the dressing room.  We wanted to get some honesty in the dressing room…so credit to the boys.”  

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