Jason Holder backs lower order as one of the most consistent the world over

By June 11, 2018
Jason Holder leads his side off following victory on the final day of the first Test between WINDIES and Sri Lanka on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Queen’s Park Oval. Jason Holder leads his side off following victory on the final day of the first Test between WINDIES and Sri Lanka on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Queen’s Park Oval. CWI

Following a 226-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Test of an ICC Test Championship game at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, Windies skipper, Jason Holder has heaped high praise on his side’s lower order. 

According to Holder, the Windies’ lower order is ‘one of the most consistent in world cricket’.

Holder could be forgiven for being a little free with the truth of the side’s lower-order performances given the impact it had in the first Test.

At 147-5, on the first day, the Windies were in trouble but an unbeaten century from wicketkeeper-batsman, Shane Dowrich, 125, played no small part in ensuring the side, instead of finding themselves in a dogfight, were powerfully placed at 414-8 on day two.

Dowrich received good support from Holder, 40, and Devendra Bishoo, 40, as well as 39 from Kemar Roach.

"Our lower order has been one of the most consistent lower orders in world cricket for the last two or three years," Holder said. "I always back the guys to come in and put up a partnership and put up a fight. It really started with the partnership that Shane and I had, and then Devendra came in and played an outstanding knock. Not only did he take time out of the game, he scored runs as well. That not only took time out of the game, it wore down the Sri Lankan bowlers and made it tough for them. I was always backing our guys to get us up to a really good score," said Holder.

Holder isn’t quite correct about the consistency of the lower order, instead the team ranks seventh in terms of that consistency, though Holder has been better than most from the lower order.

Windies victory came as a result of that lower-order fight, which meant the usual attempt to battle back from a poor position was not the case this time around.

The Windies, for the first time, could launch from a position of strength, leading to a victory.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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