Jason Holder warns the West Indies not to “carry it away from seeing load and bouncing back” in Perth
Although the pitch at Perth Stadium is expected to be at its usual pace and bounce, West Indies bowler Jason Holder warned his fellow fast bowlers not to get too caught up in the nature of the pitch and try to get Australia’s batsmen to work hard for home runs.
The West Indies have not won a Test match in Australia for 25 years, and come into the two-Test series, starting with Perth from Wednesday as the underdogs. But with fast bowlers such as Holder, Alzari Joseph, Jaden Seales and Kemar Roach, the West Indies could terrorize Australia in the conditions in which their bowlers can thrive.
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“People get carried away seeing the advantage of carrying and bouncing, but you still have to find a really appropriate length for the wicket. Understanding when to attack and when to defend and understanding the context of scenarios and the stage of the game.”
“I think the most important thing for our bowlers is to make sure the Australian batsmen work hard for their runs. We just have to assess the conditions early on and make the necessary adjustments,” Holder told reporters before the First Test.
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There was excitement about what Joseph, the fiery young man, could upset Australia’s batting line-up with his short, sharp runs the first time he played Test cricket for the country, which is what Holder expects.
“He’s fast paced, he’s very aggressive at times too. He’s probably the guy we’d ask to be the enforcer and be a little more aggressive. He’s developed a lot. Alzari was very introverted (in the beginning), and he didn’t say much in the dressing room, but he Now he feels more comfortable with his peers and the guys make him feel welcome too.”
“He is probably one of the more experienced runaways when it comes to full-form cricket for the West Indies over the past two years and has developed well in my opinion.”
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“I just think, I’m looking forward to this series, it’s going to be a really good series for him, an away series in these tough conditions against good opposition. It’s really good to see young players come in and do well in these kind of series.”
Although West Indies’ fortunes in white-ball cricket were highlighted by an early exit in the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia last month, they have shown glimpses of being a force to be reckoned with in Test cricket, as evidenced by a thrilling 1-0 Impressive home win against England in March.
“If you look at the core of the test side, I think we’ve been together in the last five or six years. I think that really matters compared to the other parties… maybe more chopping and shuffling.”
“I think our long-range cricket has really developed, so it’s really good signs and a lot of our players are developing,” Holder concluded.
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