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England vs West Indies: Captain Jason Holder showcases why he is No. 1 all-rounder with career-best figures

He is not the most celebrated cricketer but World No. 1 all-rounder Jason Holder lifted West Indies by helping decimate England’s batting order in the ongoing 1st Test of a 3-match series at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Jason Holder picked up his career-best figures of 6/42 as he led West Indies’ rout of England on Day 2 of the Southampton Test that marks the return of international cricket after 116 days of an enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

England vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 2 Live Score

This was Holder’s 7th 5-wicket haul in Tests and his 6th in the last 10 Test matches. The skipper and Shanon Gabriel (4/62) shared all 10 wickets as England were bowled out for 204 in the 1st innings.

Holder, who had rued that he doesn’t ‘get as much credit as probably I deserve’ in the lead up to the Test series, showcased why he is rated as No. 1 by the International Cricket Council with a spell of fine seam bowling.

6 wickets and 3 successful DRS calls: Captain Holder leads from the front

Holder was impeccable on the field as he helped overturn 3 on-field decisions with precise Decision Review System (DRS) calls. He did the holding job when Shanon Gabriel was going full-tilt before running over the English batting line-up.

Hodler, who led West Indies’ show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement by taking the knee with the players from the two teams on Wednesday, has certainly inspired the visiting group with his show on Thursday. He had said that the movement against racism can inspire West Indies in England and if the second day’s proceedings are anything to go by, it certainly seems so.

Holder 1-0 Stokes after Round 1

Holder jolted England by picking up wickets in quick succession on an overcast day in Southampton. The West Indies captain removed his England counterpart Ben Stokes, taking an early lead in the much-talked-about battle of two top-rated all-rounders.

With a ball that left the left-hander from around the wicket, Holder got the big wicket of Stokes for 43, ending a crucial 67-run stand between the England captain and Jos Buttler for the 6th wicket.

Stokes was dropped on 14 by Kemar Roach who grassed a tough chance but the England stand-in captain, in his first match as skipper of the England Test side, couldn’t make a lot of impact in the 1st innings.

Holder removed Buttler with a ripper in the very next over to end any chances of an England comeback after Shanon Gabriel jolted the top-order in the morning session.

Holder got the wickets of Zack Crawley and Ollie Pope after Gabriel knocked off overnight batsmen Rory Burns and Joe Denly with sheer pace and movement off the wicket.

Holder then came back to pick up Stokes, Buttler and Jofra Archer for naught in quick succession. He then removed Mark Wood for 5, thanks to a stunning catch at slips by Shai Hope.

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