Jason Holder previews 2nd Test in Wisden Trophy Series
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – West Indies captain Jason Holder spoke to members of the media ahead of the second Test of the Wisden Trophy Series on Wednesday. The match will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua – Thursday, January 31 to Monday, February 4. First ball daily is 10am (9am Jamaica Time). The Windies lead the series 1-0 following their magnificent performance last week at Kensington Oval in Barbados, where they won by 381 runs inside four days.
“Great to be 1-0 up, but that’s history. We are happy to be leading in the series but we have our feet firmly on the ground. We are not focusing on what happened before in Barbados. We are looking forward to this match and what we have ahead of us,” the 27-year-old said.
“There is still work to be done… a lot of work still to be done… but we know as long as we continue to work hard we will get the results we are looking for. I am again calling for consistency… I want to see us come out again and show that we can play well again and win again. We have got to hit all three departments every time we step on the field. We have seen glimpses that this team can perform and beat the top sides in the world and it’s good to see we’re bringing it a bit more but we need to be consistent.”
Holder earlier this month named in the ICC Test Team of the Year for 2018 – when he averaged 12 with the ball and 37 with the bat. Last week in Barbados he was Player-of-the-Match with a career-best 202 not out which catapulted him to Number 1 in the ICC Test rankings for allrounders. He added that all 14 members of the squad are fully fit and available for selection.
“Shannon hurt his toe in Barbados but we expect to see him running in again. It wasn’t a surprise to see what he did, he’s done it to many batsmen all over the world. He really carries pace. Shannon gave us momentum and really hit them hard. ‘Dow’ had a stiff back on the fourth day, when Shai filled in and did a great job. He (Dowrich) travelled well and is ready for tomorrow,” said the skipper.
Jason Holder (Captain)
Match Schedule1st Test:
1st Test: Kensington Oval – Jan 23-27
2nd Test: Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – Jan 31 to Feb 4
3rd Test: Daren Sammy Cricket Ground – Feb 9-13
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