‘Holder carries heavier load than Stokes’ - WI captain held back by additional roles claims Estwick

By Sports Desk July 23, 2020

West Indies bowling coach, Roddy Estwick, believes the team’s captain Jason Holder often carries a heavier workload than England opposite number Ben Stokes and that should be considered when comparisons between the two are made.

The comparison between the all-rounders, ranked one and two in the world, has come to the fore as they go head-to-head in the ongoing Test series.  Despite a strong performance from Holder, who claimed seven wickets in a win for the West Indies in the first Test, it is Stokes who has had the edge. 

In the second Test, the England utility player scored a blistering 176 in the first innings, and 78 in the second, to play a crucial role in a big series-leveling win for England.  In addition, Stokes claimed six wickets in the first Test, combined with innings of 43 and 46.  For the series so far, Stokes has scored a total of 343 runs, claiming 9 wickets.  Holder has claimed 8 wickets and scored 56 runs.  It was the West Indian who started the series as the number one ranked all-rounder in the world but he has now been bumped into two by the Englishman.  According to Estwick, however, in addition to having more responsibility as a bowler, Holder also has to focus on duties as a captain.

"Jason is a big player for us.  He made a double hundred back in the Caribbean, he just needs people around him.  Jason knows that once he can find partnerships and find some kind of rhythm he can be just as disruptive as Ben Stokes," Estwick told members of the media via a Zoom press conference.

"Also, remember the workload that Jason puts in as a bowler, Ben doesn’t put in.  Ben will go through 15 overs a day, Jason will probably go through 20, 25 and then he is captain as well.  So, mentally it not as easy as people think it is because he is one of our number one bowlers and we depend on him for his bowling as well.  Ben will bowl a lot less so he can bat a little higher than Jason has.”

In total, Holder has bowled 78 overs in the Test match so far, compared to Stokes’ 51.2.  Holder has registered among the team’s top three bowlers in deliveries so far this series, while Stokes is closer to the bottom.

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