FANTASTIC FEAT - THE BEST FAST BOWLING IN 100 YEARS
Our WINDIES’ Test and ODI Captain, Jason Holder, has achieved something incredible. After his recent 5 wicket haul in the 2nd Test match against India, Jason's bowling average for 2018 so far is 11.87, the best for any fast bowler in the last 100 years (of those who have taken a minimum of 30 wickets in a calendar year). He has taken 33 wickets in six matches at that outstanding average. His average (during the calendar year) is the best for any bowler, pacer or spinner, in the last 50 years. The last time any bowler picked up 30 or more wickets at an average of under 15 was Shoaib Akhtar in 2003.
His 5-fer against India created an unbelievable run of stats. His 3rd 5-fer in a row, his 4th 5-fer in the year, and an average that put him above records set by bowling greats such as Richard Hadlee, Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Glenn McGrath. Not a bad list to be top of!
INTO THE ICC TOP 10 BOWLING RANKINGS
Jason's now ranked 9th in the ICC Test Bowling rankings and 3rd in the ICC Test All-Rounder rankings following this remarkable year so far. .
Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, in congratulating the captain, says “"Jason has made it into the ICC top 10 test bowling rankings with his 4th five-wicket haul for the year. His latest performance against India in India is worthy of note given that he is the first West Indian since 1994 to take a 5-wicket haul in a test in India. This is testament not only to his talent but to his continued hard work and preparation and will hopefully inspire not only his team but the many young fast bowlers in the region."
President, Dave Cameron has congratulated all the players and thinks “Jason, with a lot more years to play and him being a leader in the team, these performances can only enhance the work of the players going forward.”
Next stop for our skipper is the 5 ODIs against India, starting this Sunday (21st October), before further Tests against Bangladesh in November.
Check out his Man of the Series bowling against Bangladesh earlier this year when he set further records, including 11 wickets for 103 in Kingston. His bowling performance in the 2nd Test against Bangladesh on the 12th July was the7th best of all time by a West Indies bowler.