West Indies skipper Jason Holder has hailed his bowlers for the win over England, in the first Test at Southampton on Sunday.
“One of our best victories. Yesterday was the best day I had in Test cricket. All the bowlers toiled hard yesterday, and it was a hard-fought day of Test cricket. I don’t think any team knew. We had been sitting at home doing nothing. We had time to prepare, but you never know. John took a blow today, but hopefully, he will come through. We knew what was at stake yesterday evening.” Holder said after the win at the post-match ceremony presentation.
“We knew we had 98 overs, and we had to go to 7 PM. Alzarri and I thought we would bowl till 6:30 and the other two would take over. It would’ve been difficult to push for a win if we didn’t bowl extremely well on a flat pitch.” Holder further added.
Holder praised man-of-the-match Shannon Gabriel who returned after the ankle injury. “Shannon is just one of those guys who keep doing it. He has a massive, massive heart and he’s been through a lot.” said holder.
“He wants success so badly. His body hasn’t held up the way he would like but to see him back out there fit and well and bowling fast for the West Indies is always a pleasing sight. He deserves every bit of success he’s had in this game. I’m really, really happy for Shannon, I know what he’s been through.” he added.
“We kept in contact while he was doing rehab. At some stages, he was very frustrated by how things were going but he stuck it through,” Holder further said.
With this victory, West Indies have 1-0 lead in the test series. The second Test match between West Indies and England will start on 16 July.