HOLDER CALLS FOR PATIENCE FOR INEXPERIENCED BATTING LINEUP

West Indies fast bowler Jason Holder is calling for patience with the West Indies team currently engaging the attention of South Africa.

The West Indies lost the first Test to South Africa by an innings and 63 runs, after being bowled out for 97 in the first innings.  The  home team then scored just 162 in the second innings as only Roston Chase, crossed 50 with a  top score of 62.

Speaking with Caribbean journalists via Zoom on Tuesday, the number 1 ranked Test All rounder said the West Indies have a very inexperienced batting line up. He said added to the fact from Bonner and Mayers who have played just 5 tests each, Roston Chase and Kieran Powell are just returning to the team after being dropped. Wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva also played less than 10 tests.

Commenting on the performance of the team in the first test, the former captain asserted the team will face different oppositions that bring different styles in different conditions and added different  players will suit different conditions. He contrasted Bangladesh and South Africa as the two teams that brought two different challenges, where the players were success against one, but not the other.

When asked about his position in the batting lineup, and playing the role of similar to that of ben Stokes and Andrew Flintoff, the tall allrounder cautioned that these players a primarily batting allrounders and don’t have the workload as a bowler that he has, and therefore it is easier for them to bat at 4 and 5.

He did praise fellow fast bowler Jayden Seales, saying he has a bright future ahead of him, but needs to be managed well. He cautioned against throwing him into all formats but instead should be brought in gradually. He was also happy to see how the team rallied behind the young Trinidadian when he got his first test wicket. Holder said he was so happy, he felt like he took the wicket.

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