Jason Holder aims to make a big impact, this time with the bat, in the first Test against England at the Ageas Bowl following a career best 6/42 with the ball in the first innings.
The West Indies skipper, currently on top of the ICC Test all rounders’ rankings, recorded his best bowling figures in Test Cricket, and with the assistance of Shannon Gabriel, who took the 4 other wickets including the entire England top order, the West Indies skittled out the hosts for a paltry 204.
Holder, whose 6 wickets included the one of his opposite number Ben Stokes, caught behind after the ball seamed away after coming back in, said, “I have done a good job so far but my Test is far from over. I have a massive contribution to make with the bat.”
About the prized scalp of Stokes, Holder, had been struggling with an ankle injury in the lead-up to the series, said, “It was a big wicket to get. We put down two chances and he was looking to make us pay. His partnership with Jos was starting to blossom into something that could really hurt us. But I was getting just enough movement to keep him at bay, keep him playing and eventually got the edge.”
Holder added he had a particular reason for wanting to do well in England this time. He said, “I really wanted to get on the honours board at Lord’s. We were scheduled to play there but then due to COVID they shuffled it around. One of the things I have always strived to do is to score a hundred in England and get a five-wicket haul. I’ve ticked one box, now it’s time to knuckle down and get a hundred.”