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It’s time we start delivering and stop talking – Jason Holder

December 7, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

West Indies captain Jason Holder has asked his fellow teammates, especially the batsmen, to consider the current situation of the team, which is dismal at best. This happened prior to West Indies losing to New Zealand by an inning and 134 runs, registering their biggest defeat.

West Indies crumbled for 138 and 147 in two innings on a pitch in which the Kiwis racked 519 runs. The second innings survived a trainwreck, thanks to the 155 run partnership between Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph. The former hit 104 whereas the latter contributed 86 runs to this partnership. Apart from these two, no other West Indian batsman scored more than 30 runs in 2 innings.

The top 5 in the batting order managed to score only 100 runs in 2 innings. Considering the test format, such a performance is just not acceptable. Jason Holder was not one to spare his peers in the post-match presentation. Critiquing the team performance, Holder was specifically unimpressed with the batting order of the team.

Our top-order needs to put some more effort: Holder

Jason Holder believes that the team had prepared quite well before the Test series began. The team has received full support from the management. However, Holder believes it's time for the team to start delivering and stop making promises. Even though he believes the practice pitch was different from the match pitch, such excuses are just not reasonable. The West Indian skipper believes that the team needs to work even harder to win matches.

West Indies have one more Test match left to play against New Zealand. This will commence on December 11. This time, West Indies might be without 2 players who were part of the squad in the 1st Test. Kemar Roach might fly back to West Indies soon. Kemar lost his father 3 days ago. Shane Dowrich, meanwhile, is doubtful because of a finger injury he endured while wicket-keeping.

With Dowrich injured, Shamarh Brooks was the wicket-keeper for West Indies since day two. The reserve wicket-keeper is the 22-year-old uncapped player Joshua Da Silva. Da Silva is yet to start for West Indies. A left-field option is available in the form of Nicholas Pooran, who is in the West Indies A side. Pooran scored 35 and 46 runs in a four-day match against New Zealand A. Da Silva, meanwhile, was the wicketkeeper of the West Indies A side.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth