West Indies skipper Holder looking to build on good performance

Bridgetown (Barbados), Jan 24 (IANS) West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder has said he is pleased with the development of his game and is seeking to raise it even further over the coming year.

The 25-year-old, who is leading Barbados Pride in the Regional Super50 tournament, said his recent form was cause for encouragement and was now focussed on bettering his performances especially in the longest format, reports CMC.

“I’m not really too worried about my cricket per se. I think I am in a very good place,” Holder said in a radio interview here on Monday.

“Obviously I would like some more wickets in terms of Test cricket but I think the last series I had in the UAE should put me in good stead moving forward.”

The West Indies faced Pakistan in a three-Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last October, managing to pull off a 1-1 draw.

Holder conjured up his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as the Caribbean side stunned the hosts by five wickets in the third and final Test in Sharjah.

The victory was also his first in Tests after taking over the reins in 2015. He said it was important, especially as captain, that he continued to point the way with his performances.

“I feel really confident coming off that series (in the UAE) and I don’t think my confidence dipped,” he pointed out.

“But for me, it is about managing the entire group first and obviously my performances speak and I have to perform. I’ve been doing very well in one-day cricket, I’ve been doing reasonably well in Test cricket with the bat and I have confidence my wicket column in Tests will pick up.”

A right-arm pacer who stands six feet, seven inches, Holder has picked up 31 wickets from 20 Tests and 68 wickets from 49 One-Day Internationals.

He said he was more than willing to do whatever was necessary for the team’s success. “Whatever my role is on a given day (I am willing to accept),” he said.

“One day conditions may suit me in terms of my style of bowling and it’s my time to attack, or it’s just a situation where I’m supposed to be the workhorse, bowl a few overs and also pick up wickets.”