Big Boy Holder shows his mettle

PERTH, Australia, CMC - West Indies fast bowling allrounder Jason Holder says he was not daunted by a delayed decision before his first wicket was secured on his One Day International debut Friday.

Holder, the lone wicket taker as West Indies lost to Australia by nine wickets, says he heard the noise as Aaron Finch swung his bat outside the off stump.

The Decision Review System (DRS) was called into service amid a moment of doubt after the on field umpire turned down the players’ appeal.

“I was pretty confident that he hit the ball so I wasn’t really too nervous about that,” said Holder who took one wicket for 18 runs.

“After seeing snicko (Snickometer) the edge was a lot fainter, at that point I was probably a little bit nervous that the decision would have been going against me. Obviously the guy did hit the ball so it was good for me to get the wicket”.

The 21 year old Barbadian pacer says he felt encouraged claiming his first international wicket on a favourable WACA pitch.

His delivery which took the outside edge of Finch’s bat was short of a length outside the off stump.

“The pitch offered some assistance for my height and my type of bowling. Obviously the ball went through, the bounce was very good” said Holder a graduate of the WICB High performance centre who wears the number 98 shirt for the Windies.

 “It was very good coming in to it and actually getting a wicket. It was just unfortunate the way the game went. Hopefully we could come back on Sunday and put on a better show”.

During the match Television commentators spoke favourably of Holder who appears to be following the footsteps of his countryman Kemar Roach.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy says Holder is carrying impressive bowling from the recent Caribbean T20 tournament into the ODI series against Australia.

“He has been bowling well in the recent Caribbean T20 and he continues his bowling from here and that’s good for us,” said Sammy.

“So hopefully we as a group could dust off ourselves quickly and come back on Sunday to play the second game”.


Sat, 02/02/2013 - 12:22