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Holder’s Influence On Players Will Be Crucial

Veteran sports writer and commentator Tony Cozier, in an article on espncricinfo.com, views the West Indies team going on tour to Sri Lanka next month as one lacking experience,but nevertheless should be countenanced as a building process.

He writes thus:

No captain can suddenly turn the water of a weak team into the wine of champions”

As was inevitable, Jason Holder has had the West Indies Test captaincy added to the ODI responsibility unexpectedly placed on him in January for the series in South Africa and the subsequent World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Holder’s record as the youngest of all West Indies captains, at 23, has now been extended to the longer, traditional version. His first assignments in his new role – two Tests in Sri Lanka next month, three in the contrasting conditions of Australia over the new year – loom as demandingly as the South Africa and World Cup campaigns did.

West Indies have not won a Test, let alone a series, in either country this century.

The apparent mitigating factors that each is in a state of rebuilding after the retirement of key, experienced players, that Sri Lanka are coming off successive defeats at home against Pakistan and India, and that Australia is under a new captain, are negated by West Indies’ identical situation.

Readers Bureau

Edited by Jesus Chan

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