Cricket

Holder gives nothing away

2016-07-30 18:32
Jason Holder (AFP)

Barbados - West Indies captain Jason Holder would not reveal the West Indies starting XI ahead of the second Test against India which starts on July 30th.

The skipper indicated they would decide on the morning of the Test whether they would hand a debut to Alzarri Joseph or Miguel Cummins.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference, Holder said: "We will take the final decision tomorrow morning, see how the pitch looks,

"Yesterday it looked a bit green and this morning there was a lot of moisture."

Holder was reticent to predict how the pitch would behave saying: "The last game we played here against Australia there was not this amount of grass on the pitch,

"Previously there was grass, but the pitch still ends up being on the slower side. To be fair, as I said, probably it's difficult really to predict how the pitch will play here in Jamaica. Going into this game tomorrow morning, I just need to take a final decision."

The captain admitted he hadn't seen much of Joseph, but backed him to do well should he earn a cap: "To be fair, I have never played against Alzarri, never seen him play cricket live,

"But I have seen him play cricket on TV. And there is obviously a lot of talk going behind him. He has talent, he has the ability, he has pace. I support him fully. He has done what is done to get here.

"We just need to get behind him if he is making his debut tomorrow. If he plays in the near future, we just need to give him support. Support is all we can give.

"At this time, it's important for him to back his skills and know what got him here. He got here by hard work, he got here by performances. He will just continue doing what he has been doing before and if given the opportunity, I wish him all the best."

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