The famous & interesting win on Sunday was West Indies first win in an opening test series away from home in almost 13 years. West Indies Captain Jason Holder recognized his team’s fightback on day 4 of the first Test against England saying it was “by far the best effort” he has seen from the side under his leadership.
The West Indies took five wickets for just 30 runs to limit England at 284 for eight at stumps on day 4. The solid effort from the pacers later in day 4 proved vital in their four-wicket win on Sunday with Jermaine Blackwood who scored a match-winning 95.
“Yesterday’s effort was by far the best effort I’ve seen from this group. And not only the bowlers – the fielders kept running around, getting through the overs, and we all kept our energy upright throughout the day,” Holder said in the post-match media interaction. “…the reason I say that it was the best day for me is down to the fact that every single time I asked for effort from those bowlers, no one said: no, I can’t, I’m too tired. They just all kept running in.
“At that stage when Stokesy (Ben) and Zak [Crawley] were batting, the game started to look a little bit less likely for us to win. We knew we couldn’t lose – we backed ourselves not to lose – but we wanted to win the game, and we knew how important it was for us to win.”
The famous win on Sunday was the first & important win for West Indies in the opening Test Match of an away from home series in the last 13 years. Jason Holder took his career-best six-wicket haul in the first innings which helped Windies to limit England’s score in first innings.
“We’ve had so many dark days in the past that we understand moments in the game that we need to seize. If we wanted to win the game, we had to break the partnership. I was fortunate to come on and to get Stokesy out, then Alzarri got Zak caught-and-bowled and that was a very sharp chance.
“When those two wickets fell, I knew we were in for something special, but it was just a case of us executing again. Then we got Jos (Buttler) and at the very end we were able to get Dom Bess who was a little bit annoying in the first innings.”
Jason said that the absence of England’s Test Captain Joe Root’s due to the birth of his second child was an opportunity to test & take benefit from opposition’s in-experience line-up squad. “In the past, we haven’t started a series so well and we’ve always had to play catch-ups. The absence of England’s Test captain Joe Root was a big loss for them he is a quality & experienced player. We thought it was an opportunity to take benefit from their inexperienced batting line-up”, Jason said.
“It’s a huge win for us as to beta England in its homeland is not so easy & it’s a big thing. We were successfully able to do this in England in 2017 but also lost 2 series & the score was 1-2 so we know what the feeling is but the things have changed drastically since then. To start the innings so well is very promising for us & the way we performed made us feel very proud”, Jason added.