Holder continues to preach message of consistency, lauds bowlers for big Test win

By July 07, 2018
Shannon Gabriel (left) and Jason Holder (right) lead players off the field after play  on the second day of the first Test between Windies and Bangladesh on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. Shannon Gabriel (left) and Jason Holder (right) lead players off the field after play on the second day of the first Test between Windies and Bangladesh on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. CWI

While Windies skipper Jason Holder is happy with the all-round performance of the Caribbean side after it pulled off the fifth biggest Test win in history against Bangladesh earlier this week, he is still warning his charges about the importance of staying consistent. 

"We're looking forward to the next Test in Jamaica. I expect Bangladesh to come back and come at us pretty hard. It's just a matter of us being consistent and maintaining the pressure we set on them," he said.

Holder was quick to point out though, that the Widies played well in all facets of the game, especially in the area of pace bowling.

"The opening burst by Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach set the tone for us, and I was able to come in and get a few wickets at the end, and obviously Miguel Cummins got three wickets in the first innings as well," Holder said.

"It was a clinical performance in the first hour of play and obviously we set it up quite nicely with the bat, led by Kraigg (Brathwaite). A wonderful hundred, I think it's his seventh Test match century, and well supported by everybody else who chipped in. I think it was a good opportunity for everybody to get a chance in the middle. Only one of our batsmen missed out, that's Roston (Chase, who made 2). But hopefully in Jamaica, he comes to the party," said Holder.

There may be concerns ahead of the next Test about whether or not Devendra Bishoo, who has not gotten in on the act, only bowling xx number of overs to date. However, the pitches have been created to facilitate fast bowling. It is yet to be seen if the Sabina Park pitch in Jamaica, will be as friendly to the pacers.

"I think we've got a really good balance here. I know Devendra Bishoo hasn't really come into the fore as much as we probably would have expected but I think he has a part to play," said Holder.

The Windies beat Bangladesh by an innings and 219 runs, the fifth biggest Test victory in history.

They began, thanks in large part to Roach's 5-8, which left Bangladesh 43 all out, while 5-77 in the second innings from Gabriel left them 144 all out. In the meantime, The Windies racked up 406 thanks to a century of 121 from Kraigg Brathwaite.

 

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