Those hoping to see all-rounder Jason Holder bat higher in the order could have their wish as West Indies host India at Sabina Park in the second Test, which started today.
Holder, the West Indies skipper, has been one of the team’s most consistent batsmen over the past two years. He averages 33.27 in Tests, many times batting as low as eight.
In 38 matches in the format, he has scored three centuries, with a best of 202 not out.
In the first-Test defeat to India days ago, he was assured in hitting 39, but ran out of batting partners and was ninth man out. Only Roston Chase (48) scored more for the regional side.
“You probably might see me come up the order,” Holder, 27, told journalists yesterday after prompted by a question.
“It’s something I obviously wanted to do for a long time, [but] based on the team composition I’ve been asked to bowl a lot of overs. And that’s primarily my role up front, just to be a workhorse and try to keep the runs flow down,” added the man who averages an excellent 27.96 with his medium pace bowling.
“I’ve had a lot of success with the ball as well, and having to bowl 20, 30-odd overs and coming back to bat high has been difficult. But hopefully if we can ease the burden off myself and people like Roston Chase then we pay a bit more attention to our batting and lead the charge in that area,” the six-foot seven-inch Holder argued.