West Indies captain Jason Holder has labelled the upcoming England Test tour as a “big series” and says he hopes his side can replicate the fight they showed on their fierce rivals’ last tour of the Caribbean four years ago when they drew the three-match series.
England touched down here on Friday for the three-Test rubber which bowls off at Kensington Oval on January 23. Ironically, the last time the two teams met at the venue in the final Test of the 2015 tour, the Windies pulled off a stunning five-wicket victory inside three days to force a 1-1 series stalemate.
“An England series is a big series in the context of West Indies cricket,” Holder told reporters here Friday.
“The last time they were here it was a pretty well-fought series. [We] came out with a draw in the end and there were big crowds, massive support both from England and the Caribbean so I expect something similar this year and hopefully we can lift the trophy.”
History will be not on the Windies side, however. In their last 12 Tests against England at home, they have won just two, while losing four and drawing six.
And in the last two decades, West Indies have won just two series against England, leaving the odds in the upcoming series stacked firmly in the visitors’ favour.
Despite this, Holder believes the series presented the ideal chance for the Windies to match their talents against the world number two Test side.