Jason Holder reveals plans to bat further up the order

By July 15, 2020

At the prompting of former Jamaica and West Indies batsman Lawrence Rowe, West Indies Captain Jason Holder has revealed that he intends to move higher up the Caribbean side’s batting order in the near future.

Rowe and Holder were both guests on the popular Mason and Guest sports talk show in Barbados on Tuesday night.

Rowe, 71, played 30 Tests for the West Indies between 1972 and 1980 scoring 2047 runs at an average of 43.55. In 1974, while playing against England in Barbados, Rowe scored a majestic 302 in a mammoth West Indies score 596 for 8.

 However, injury, deteriorating eyesight and an allergy to grass ended what promised to be an even greater career.

On Tuesday, Rowe was among guests that included Prime Ministers Ralph Gonsalves, Keith Mitchell and Mia Mottley, who engaged Holder in conversation as they celebrated the West Indies’ hard-fought four-wicket victory over England in the first Test of the #Raisethebat series played at the Ageas Stadium in Southampton.

The former West Indies batsman had some words of advice for the West Indies captain.

“I think you are batting a bit too low. I think your spot in this team is number 6, and I honestly think that you are one of the better players on the team, technically sound, you look the part and you can play the part,” said Rowe, who during his playing days was an elegant and composed right-hand bat.

“Coming 6 in the middle of the batting, if we have any problems when you get to the wicket at least we would have one of the top-five batting with you and then, if so later on down, you have the rest at the bottom.”

In response, Holder revealed that he had aspirations of moving up the order.

“I do believe I have what it takes to come up the order and bat,” said Holder who is the number-one ranked Test-match all-rounder in the world.

“I think in the not too distant future you will see me come up the order and bat.”

The West Indies will attempt to win the series when the second Test gets underway at Old Trafford on Thursday.

 

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