Spirits high but Windies focused on second Test - Jason Holder

By January 30, 2019

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.

The Windies lead the three-Test series 1-0 following their magnificent performance at Kensington Oval in Barbados, where they won by 381 runs inside four days.

“(It’s) great to be 1-0 up, but that’s history,” said Holder while speaking to the media on the eve of the second Test.

“We are happy to be leading in the series but we have on feet firmly on the ground. We are not focusing on what happened before in Barbados. We are looking forward to this match and what we have ahead of us.”

The captain, who scored a double hundred in the first Test and was named Player of the Match,  said despite the confidence-boosting win, believes there is still two games left for the Windies to try and win. And, there are still areas in which the home side have to improve.

“There is still work to be done… a lot of work still to be done… but we know as long as we continue to work hard we will get the results we are looking for. I am again calling for consistency… I want to see us come out again and show that we can play well again and win again,” Holder said.

“We have got to hit all three departments every time we step on the field. We have seen glimpses that this team can perform and beat the top sides in the world and it’s good to see we’re bringing it a bit more but we need to be consistent.”

Earlier this month, Holder was selected to the ICC Test Team of the Year for 2018 – averaging averaged 12 with the ball and 37 with the bat.

Turning his attention to the team, Holder said all members of his 14-man squad are available for selection for the next match.

“Shannon hurt his toe in Barbados but we expect to see him running in again. It wasn’t a surprise to see what he did, he’s done it to many batsmen all over the world,” the captain said.

“He really carries pace. Shannon gave us momentum and really hit them hard. ‘Dow’ has a stiff back on the fourth day, when Shai filled in and did a great job. He (Dowrich) travelled well and is ready for tomorrow.”

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