Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Holder Suspended For Slow Over Rate, to Miss Final Test Against England

Holder Suspended For Slow Over Rate, to Miss Final Test Against England

West Indies captain Jason Holder has been suspended by the ICC for the third Test against England.

West Indies won the second Test by 10 wickets in Antigua, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

On another day of high drama at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground when 14 wickets tumbled, West Indies were dismissed in their first innings for 306, about 25 minutes before lunch, but then routed England spectacularly for a dismal 132 in their second innings at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Holder said his West Indies team had played to honour Joseph's late mother."We all rallied around one and other", he said.

This year, however, sees the launch of the International Cricket Council's World Test Championship and Clive Lloyd, the captain of the hugely succesful West Indies side of the mid-1970s and early 1980s, believes the global governing body should insist on proper warm-up fixtures to preserve the status of their pinnacle format.

These two comprehensive victories also mark the first occasion since the 1994 tour of the Caribbean that the Windies have beaten England in successive Tests. "A series win at home against England, the third-best team in the world, is fantastic".

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The all-rounder savoured the moment after so many hard days for the Windies. "Ultimately West Indies had that opportunity and exploited it".

The result in the second Test was especially pitiful, defeat by an innings and 184 runs in Dhaka. "Hopefully we can stay together for years to come".

Holder, who led his side brilliantly once again, was full of praise for Joseph, who was given a great support from the crowd and applause from the England players so soon after receiving such devastating news.

There was no sympathy though for the young man in his time at the wicket as Stokes served up a lifting delivery which Joseph could only fend into the slip cordon for Burns to take the catch.

The knock was a marathon one, spanning 216 balls and a shade over six hours and included two fours and a six, marking the slowest-ever half-century by a Windies batsman in Tests.

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