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.”  

Jason Holder said West Indies were determined to seal a Test series win over England for Alzarri Joseph's mother, who died before play got under way on Saturday. 

Kemar Roach and Jason Holder took four wickets apiece as the magnificent West Indies tore through brittle England yet again to seal a crushing, series-clinching 10-wicket victory on day three in Antigua. 

West Indies dug in on a testing pitch to open up a potentially series-winning lead on day two of the second Test against England in Antigua.

Kraigg Brathwaite (49), John Campbell (47) and Shai Hope (44) made contributions at the top of the order on a North Sound track with such variable bounce.

Darren Bravo dropped anchor to frustrate the tourists with a patient unbeaten 33 from 165 deliveries and Jason Holder was still there on 19 when the Windies closed on 272-6 - leading by 85 runs.

The excellent Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-42 from 28 overs after having no luck in the opening session, with Jos Buttler dropping a simple chance to remove John Campbell.

England, who had Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps with Ben Foakes sent for an X-ray on his right hand, will have to produce something special to keep the series alive after toiling on a warm Friday.

Broad was desperately unfortunate to see a miserly, probing morning spell go without reward as Campbell survived a DRS appeal for caught behind, before Buttler dropped a regulation chance offered by the West Indies opener at third slip.

Campbell made the most of those and other slices of good fortune to strike some confident blows through the covers on his way to 47, but Buttler partially atoned for his earlier error, with Ben Stokes the beneficiary.

That was England's only breakthrough before lunch, as Brathwaite's opening stand of 70 with Campbell and an additional 63 alongside Hope for the second wicket placed a sizable dent in the tourists' first-innings total of 187.

But Brathwaite and Hope also fell just short of half-centuries – Moeen Ali (2-54) having the former caught at short leg by substitute Keaton Jennings.

Broad then deployed leg-cutters to fine effect, seeing Hope caught at the wicket and uprooting Roston Chase's off stump in the same over with one that kept wickedly low.

James Anderson was furious when Rory Burns grassed Shimron Hetmyer at extra cover off his bowling and had barely calmed down when he superbly caught the dangerous batsman in the deep off Moeen for 21.

West Indies were a run behind and five down at that stage and Bravo and first-Test centurion Shane Dowrich rode their luck in getting through to tea.

It was Broad who ended a 50-run stand to reduce the Windies to 236-6, a brute of a delivery rapping Dowrich (31) on the gloves and looping to Buttler in the slips, before England wasted a review when Bravo was struck on the pad by Stokes.

The watchful Bravo and Holder stood firm as England continued to probe without further reward, leaving the Windies in a strong position at stumps.

Windies captain Jason Holder has insisted the team to focus on itself and achieving the desired level of consistency ahead of the second Test in Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday.

Many have predicted a furious fightback from the battered English, following their embarrassing collapsing to a 381-run loss in the first Test match at Kensington Oval.  In the hopes of proving to be more competitive, the visitors have made a few changes.  Opening batsman Keaton Jennings will make way for Joe Denly with Adil Rashid and bowler Stuart Broad also added to the line-up.

The 27-year-old all-rounder insists, however, that the team will not focus on any of the changes made by the English, or their state of mind heading into the second Test.

“I don’t want to focus too much on England.  I just think it’s a matter for West Indies Cricket to continue to be consistent,” Holder said in an interview with the SportsMax Zone.

“Over the year and a half we have seen individuals put up their hands on certain occasions and we have won a lot more Test matches than we have been winning in the recent past and we’ve had the opportunity to beat some top ranked sides, England being one of them in England,” he added.

“Looking back at the team’s performance for the last year and a half two years its been on the incline. It’s just a matter for us to be a little more consistent.  We still haven’t reached the level of consistency we are looking for.  I think this is one series we can target to finish off and close out well.”

Windies captain Jason Holder said the team has put last week’s win against England and are completely focused on the second Test that begins in Antigua at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Johnny Grave has called for more respect to be given to the regional squad, after pointing out what he believes to be a double standard in terms of the way it is viewed.

The Windies silenced plenty of critics after blowing away more highly England in the first Test, with a victory margin of 381 runs.  The result hardly seemed a possibility ahead of the series, with many pundits and fans seeing clear domination by the English as the only possible result.

Ranked some four places above the Windies in the ICC Test rankings and coming off a convincing win against Sri Lanka, it was the English who were expected to make quick work of the hosts.

“There always seems to be a bit of an undertone when people talk about West Indies,” Grave told English newspaper DailyMail.

“Our players are trying to live up to some of the greatest names that ever played the game and if people like Geoff Boycott are always going to compare them they are always going to be considered average or ordinary,” he added.

“To suggest Kemar Roach, who has taken so many wickets with the injuries he's had, is ordinary? Then you've got Jason Holder, the best all-rounder in the world. People say Ben Stokes is world class but they don't say the same about Jason and I find that inconsistent.  It's just not right and it's my role as chief executive, especially being English, to say, come on, have some respect.”

On the heels of his majestic maiden double century against England on Friday, Windies Captain Jason Holder has become the first Windies player in 45 years to top the list of all-rounders in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

West Indies captain Jason Holder was ecstatic after scoring a stunning double century against England in the first Test.

Holder made an unbeaten 202 as the Windies took complete control in Bridgetown on Friday, setting England 628 for victory.

The all-rounder was predictably delighted with his highest Test score, with the tourists reaching 56-0 – needing another 572 runs – at stumps on day three.

"To score a double hundred in front of your home crowd is a very pleasing feeling," Holder said.

"I was ecstatic. It was a dream come true. My friends and family were here to enjoy it, as I really wanted to achieve this from the very start of my career."

England were left in huge trouble in the Test after being bowled out for 77 in response to the Windies' 289 in the first innings.

Jos Buttler said his side had been given a "reality check" during the series opener.

"With the bat we have fallen well below [expectations]. Our aim is to be the number one side in the world and that was nowhere near good enough," he said.

"We have had a good run of games, but when playing abroad it is about adapting to conditions.

"We have to be better at coming through tough situations when guys are bowling well. It is a good reality check as a side about where we are at."

Rory Burns (39) and Keaton Jennings (11) will resume for England on day four.

Windies captain Jason Holder and teammate Shane Dowrich both produced special performances to put their team in the ascendancy against England on a record-breaking day at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Defending West Indies Championship side, the Guyana Jaguars made short work of their Kensington Oval final-day clash against the Barbados Pride, romping to a 6-wicket victory that, in truth, wasn’t even as close as that. 

Windies captain Jason Holder has attributed an outstanding 2018 to a more patient approach on the cricket pitch.

The 27-year-old finished the year in second spot on the Test all-rounder;s rankings list, just behind Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.  Holder scored 336 runs including two half-centuries at an average of 37.33.  He was, however, more remarkable with the ball. 

In six Tests Holder took 33 wickets at the impressive average of 12.39, which included four five-wicket hauls in successive matches.

“I just believe I was more so a lot more patient than before. I was able to settle down a lot more when I was bowling and try to be a lot more patient than I was in the past. One of the things that I really focused on was consistency,” Holder told Barbados Today.

“I always had the skill to move the ball both ways in and out. In my view, one of my downfalls as a bowler was that I experimented a bit too early and too much. Last year, I was more patient, therefore I began stringing together a lot more spells consistently and performing my role as a bowler more effectively,” he added.

“I have always been regarded as the workhorse in the team who can come on and bowl long spells. The only way a bowler can bowl long spells is to keep his economy rate down and be tidy and pick up wickets along the way. I was successful in doing so last year.”

 

Windies captain Jason Holder believes he is fully recovered from a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for several weeks at the end of last year.

The injury saw the 27-year-old all-rounder miss some of the team’s recent tour of Asia.  Holder put in a few commendable performances against India before missing the entire series against Bangladesh. 

The player, who spent a few weeks of rehabilitation in England, recently joined the Barbados Tridents ahead of this weekend’s Regional Four-day fixture against the Guyana Jaguars.

“I had some time off from cricket to correct the problem I had with my shoulder. I spent a month in England getting some rehabilitation work done on my shoulder which went well,” Holder told Barbados Today.

“I am playing in the match against the Guyana Jaguars on Friday to find out how strong my body is and trying to see if I can improve and go from strength to strength, but I feel fine,” he added.

Despite the injury, Holder had an outstanding season, finishing as the world’s second-ranked Test all-rounder. 

In six Tests he took 33 wickets at the impressive average of 12.39, which included four five-wicket hauls in successive matches. Holder also scored 336 runs including two half-centuries at an average 37.33.

 In ODIs, he dismissed 21 batsmen at an average of 33.75 and accumulated 405 runs at 33.75.

Windies captain Jason Holder has been named as an all-rounder on several team of the year cricket lists after several exceptional performances in 2018.

In fact, the 27-year-old Holder ended the year as the second best-ranked all-rounder in the world behind Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.  The West Indian finished the year with 33 Test scalps at an average of 12.39.  His match-best figures best came against Bangladesh, where he claimed 11 scalps for 103 runs against Bangladesh in Jamaica.  The Windies skipper also scored 336 runs at an average of 37.33

His performances have seen Holder named as part of the Cricket Australia Test XI of 2018, Cricbuzz Test Team of the year and ICC Test Team of the year.  On the overall bowler rankings list Holder ended the year ranked at 10 and is the only West Indian on the charts.

The ICC Test team of the year team is completed by Aiden Markram, Dimuth Karun-Kratne, Virat Kholi, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Jos Butler, Ravindra Jadeja, Kagiso Rabada, James Anderson and Mohammed Abbas.

Former Windies opening batsman, Dwayne Smith, is happy with the job fellow Barbadian, Jason Holder, has done as captain of the Caribbean team in Tests and One Day Internationals. 

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