West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Jason Holder retains Take a look at place regardless of axe as Windies skipper
Jason Holder retained his place within the West Indies Take a look at squad on Friday regardless of being stripped of the captaincy.
Holder was changed by Kraigg Brathwaite who has been rewarded for the West Indies’ surprising success in Bangladesh final month by being appointed full-time skipper.
His fellow-Barbadian Holder served over 5 years on the helm of the Caribbean facet within the Take a look at format however opted to overlook the Bangladesh marketing campaign because of Covid 19 considerations.
In his absence, the West Indies swept the two-match sequence.
However his demotion, which follows him being changed as chief of the One-Day Worldwide and T20 groups by Kieron Pollard a yr earlier, Holder retains his place within the Take a look at squad.
His function can be because the premier all-rounder going into the primary Take a look at of the two-match sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka, beginning 21 March on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
Darren Bravo, who additionally opted out the Bangladesh tour, returns to the Take a look at facet.
However many of the gamers from the profitable marketing campaign have been retained together with batsmen Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers.
Bonner’s consistency in his first sequence earned him the ‘Man of the Sequence’ accolade whereas Mayers compiled a sensational unbeaten 210 in his debut Take a look at because the West Indies efficiently chased a goal of 395 on the final day of the primary Take a look at in Chattogram.
“It’s good to have the ability to put collectively a Take a look at squad with a lot of gamers coming off excellent performances of their final sequence in Bangladesh,” stated lead selector Roger Harper.
“It is rather essential to proceed the method of working laborious, taking part in with nice ardour, taking part in with willpower and a terrific want to succeed. Doing that persistently will convey us the fitting outcomes.”
Brathwaite, a phlegmatic opening batsman who averages 32.57 from 66 Exams courting again to his debut in opposition to Pakistan in St Kitts in 2011, had misplaced the earlier 5 Exams by which he stood in as a substitute for the absent Holder earlier than this yr’s success in Bangladesh.
West Indies squad to face Sri Lanka within the first Take a look at on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua from 21-25 March:
Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican
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