Dead Icons Inspire Holder Test Century

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder says images of the late South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela as well as his dead grandfather flashed through his mind after scoring his maiden test and first class century on Friday.

Holder, playing in only his fourth test, struck an unbeaten hundred to help West Indies force a draw against England on the final day of the opening test at the Vivian Richards Stadium.

The 23-year-old Barbadian conceded that a test century has been his long held dream.

“There was a lot of emotions running through my mind. It was something I visualized for a long time. I thank God for it… and I remember my grandfather who passed away a few years ago,” said Holder.

“A lot of things just ran through my mind. I am a big fan of Nelson Mandela and the celebration was a little tribute to him. I have a picture on my phone where he just has his hand up in a sign of peace”.

Holder, batting at number eight, anchored two key partnerships which frustrated the England attack.

He posted 105 for the seventh wicket with Captain Denesh Ramdin who hit 57, and then put on a further 56 with Kemar Roach in an unbroken eighth wicket stand which enabled West Indies to see out the last hour.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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