West Indies skipper Jason Holder mentioned on Tuesday he would hold his captaincy secrets and techniques near his chest as he prepares to go head-to-head with England’s Ben Stokes. The world’s two main Check all-rounders will pit their wits in opposition to one another behind closed doorways in Southampton from Wednesday within the first Check of a three-match sequence. Stokes will likely be main England for the primary time within the absence of standard captain Joe Root, who’s lacking the sport to attend the start of his second little one. However Holder, who tops the Check rankings for all-rounders forward of Stokes, has no intention of passing on any commerce secrets and techniques to his rival, even for one recreation, till the sequence is accomplished.
“I will depart my recommendation to Stokesy till after the sequence,” Holder informed a convention name.
“England are in succesful arms. He is a superb cricketer and an ideal competitor and I’m certain the blokes within the dressing room look as much as him too.”
Holder has received 10 of his 32 Assessments as captain, main his aspect to a 2-1 sequence win in opposition to England within the Caribbean final 12 months.
“My captaincy has been made so much simpler by my gamers, notably the senior guys like Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Kraigg Brathwaite, simply to call just a few,” he mentioned.
“These guys have helped tremendously on and off the park they usually’ve made the job so much simpler. I’ve actually loved main this staff. It’s a very gifted group.”
The previously dominant West Indies staff haven’t received a Check sequence in England since 1988.
However Holder, taking coronary heart from a slender 2-1 reverse in England three years in the past, mentioned: “In the event you have a look at the calibre of gamers we have got — Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope have had success right here in England and that’s simply to call just a few. I’m greater than assured that these guys will do properly on this sequence.”
Holder himself wants simply 102 extra runs to change into solely the third West Indian after Garry Sobers and Carl Hooper to attain 2,000 runs and take 100 wickets in Assessments.
“I wasn’t conscious of the stat till most likely a day or two in the past however it feels good to know I am in fairly elite firm,” mentioned Holder, who added that Sobers, a fellow Bajan, had lengthy been a supply of inspiration.
“He is some of the constructive people I’ve ever spoken to,” mentioned the West Indies skipper.
“He simply sees issues from a distinct mild and I assume that is why he was so nice. He is by no means shy of giving info or recommendation and he is a type of guys that might put his arm round you and nurture the following technology.”
Holder added listening to former gamers reminiscent of Sobers and Everton Weekes, one other Barbados and West Indies cricket nice, who died final week aged 95, had been “electrifying”.
“You may see and sense the eagerness they converse with after they carry these tales to us,” he mentioned.
“Sir Everton and Sir Garry are two father figures of not solely West Indies cricket however world cricket.
“Little doubt we are going to sadly miss Sir Everton however I am certain his reminiscence will reside on without end so could he relaxation in peace.”
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