West Indies captain Jason Holder reacts after West Indies’ win over England

West Indies captain Jason Holder couldn’t have hoped for a better performance from his boys as they put up a brave show against England in England. It is not that easy to dominate England in their own conditions but the West Indies took the game to the next level to ensure that they take the first lead in the three-match Test series.

West Indies captain Jason Holder reacts after West Indies' win over England
West Indies beat England by four wickets to take the first lead in the three-match Test series.

West Indies captain Jason Holder was pleased with the team’s result over England in the first Test in Southampton. Despite playing home conditions amid favourable conditions, England were unable to find ways to stop West Indies and the home side still have a lot of catching up to do.

Speaking after team’s success at the post-match presentation ceremony, Jason Holder said: “One of our best victories. Yesterday was the best day I had in Test cricket. All the bowlers toiled hard yesterday, and it was a hard-fought day of Test cricket. I don’t think any team knew. We had been sat at home doing nothing. We had time to prepare, but you never know. John took a blow today, but hopefully, he will come through. We knew what was at stake yesterday evening.

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“We knew we had 98 overs, and we had to go to 7 PM. Alzarri and I thought we would bowl till 6:30 and the other two would take over. It would’ve been difficult to push for a win if we didn’t bowl extremely well on a flat pitch.”

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Jason Holder heaped praise on the man-of-the-match winner Shannon Gabriel who made a sensational return from an ankle injury. “Shannon is just one of those guys who keep doing it. He has a massive, massive heart and he’s been through a lot.

“He wants success so badly. His body hasn’t held up the way he would like but to see him back out there fit and well and bowling fast for the West Indies is always a pleasing sight. He deserves every bit of success he’s had in this game. I’m really, really happy for Shannon, I know what he’s been through.

“We kept in contact while he was doing rehab. At some stages, he was very frustrated by how things were going but he stuck it through,” added all-rounder Holder, who himself took a Test-best 6-42 in England’s lowly first-innings 204.

“We all know when Shannon is fit and healthy, he is a handful and he proved it in this game.”

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