CRICKET: West Indies cricketers set to win First Test against England in 2019 tour

Jason Holder celebrates double century against England

Inspired Jason Holder hits double century as wicketless England toil

 First Test, day 3: West Indies 289 & 415-6dec; England 77 & 56-0
 Holder unbeaten on 202 batting at No8

Ever so politely – for Jason Holder is a polite man – West Indies’ captain redoubled the torment of an England team who could score only 77 runs on Thursday and take no wickets on Friday. Holder, batting at No 8, hit a double century, only the third man in Test history to do that from there; Shane Dowrich hit his third Test century; and England toiled for four hours 40 minutes on this puzzling surface.         

West Indies began the day on 127 for six hoping for a lead in excess of 400. When Holder declared after celebrating his double century the total was 415 for six and it was hard to conclude these two proud Bajans were “very ordinary, average cricketers”. There was more bewilderment in the air: 18 wickets on Thursday, none on Friday. The victory target of 628 was the highest set by West Indies. 

Holder is a remarkable cricketer. Has there been a more elegant six foot seven inch batsman? Amid a gentle, languid swing of the bat his timing is exquisite; the ball travels vast distances but no violence is involved. As a bowler, despite those long levers, he is shrewd rather than speedy. He is surprisingly lacking in pace compared with so many of his lofty predecessors yet in 2018 he took his Test wickets at 12 apiece. No wonder he had a place in the ICC’s notional Test team of the year.

Holder is a remarkable cricketer. Has there been a more elegant six foot seven inch batsman? Amid a gentle, languid swing of the bat his timing is exquisite; the ball travels vast distances but no violence is involved. As a bowler, despite those long levers, he is shrewd rather than speedy. He is surprisingly lacking in pace compared with so many of his lofty predecessors yet in 2018 he took his Test wickets at 12 apiece. No wonder he had a place in the ICC’s notional Test team of the year.

As soon as Anderson was rested Holder took 13 runs from Moeen Ali’s first over with three off-side boundaries. They tried a series of eccentric fields for Sam Curran to no great effect. Adil Rashid was toothless and expensive. England had not looked so moribund in the field since India piled up 759 for seven in Chennai in 2016. The solitary – and substantial – consolation for England was that they managed to negotiate their 20 overs in the final session without losing a wicket with Rory Burns in particular batting with reassuring composure.

Quite how they react to this experience when they get to Antigua remains a mystery. But one thing is certain: they will not be picking the same team.

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  • guyaneseonline  On January 26, 2019 at 11:19 am

    RECORDS BY HOLDER – FIRST TEST – West Indies vs England – 25 January 2019
    Holder and Dowrich slot in behind Laxman and Dhoni

    Gaurav Sundararaman
    Senior stats analyst, ESPNcricinfo

    6 – Players to have scored a double-century and taken 10 wickets in Tests – Jason Holder joined a unique list in just his 36th match. Wasim Akram, Vinoo Mankad, Ian Botham, Allan Border and Shakib Al Hasan are the others on it. Holder, Akram and Border are the only one’s to have achieved this as a captain.

    2 – Batsmen to have scored more than Jason Holder’s 202 in Tests batting at eight or lower. Wasim and Imtiaz Ahmed from Pakistan scored 257 not out and 209 respectively. Holder’s 202 not out is the highest for West Indies in Tests batting at eight or lower, going past the 122 runs scored by Clairmonte Depeiaza in 1955. Holder is only the second batsmen to score a Test double-century in the second innings of a Test batting at seven or lower. Don Bradman’s 270 in 1937 against England is the only score higher than Holder’s from that position.

    Highest Test scores batting at 8 or lower Getty Images
    2006 – The last instance of a captain from the West Indies to score a double-century in Tests. Holder is the sixth captain from the West Indies to do this. Holder joins Brian Lara (five instances), Carl Hooper, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Clive Lloyd and Denis Atkinson in this unique list.

    229 – Balls taken for Jason Holder to score his double-century – the second fastest double-century for West Indies after Chris Gayle’s 221-ball effort against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2010, and the quickest in the West Indies. Holder’s 229-ball double is also the second fastest against England after Nathan Astle’s 153 ball double in Christchurch.

    8 – Sixes for Jason Holder during his unbeaten 202 – the most sixes in an innings for West Indies against England in Tests, going past the seven sixes scored by Viv Richards in St Johns in 1986. It is the third-highest number of sixes for a West Indies player in an innings in Tests overall. Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer have scored nine each in 2010 and 2018 respectively.

    295 – Runs added by Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich – the third highest seventh-wicket stand in Tests, and the second highest for West Indies. This is also the second instance in which Dowrich and Holder have added in excess of 200 runs. They are only the second pair after MS Dhoni and VVS Laxman to have shared two double-century stands for any wicket lower than six.

    4 – Instances of zero wickets in a day’s play in Bridgetown, Barbados. West Indies and England combined to score 344 runs without the loss of any wicket. The previous instance in which two teams batted in a day and lost zero wickets was in 1972 when West Indies and New Zealand played in Georgetown, Guyana.

    628 – The highest target set by West Indies in Tests. The previous record was set way back in 1930, when they set 617 also against England in Guyana.

    5 – Centuries scored by Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder since October 2017. All other batsmen from West Indies have scored only three in this period. While Dowrich averages 39.42, Holder averages 50.76. Holder’s bowling average in the same period is 16.91.

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