Kraigg to lead

HAMILTON, New Zealand – Kraigg Brathwaite is set to lead West Indies in the crucial second and final Test against New Zealand this weekend after Jason Holder was slapped with a one-match suspension yesterday for his second over-rate offence in 12 months.

The Windies were fined for having a slow over-rate during the opening Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington which ended Monday with an innings and 67-run defeat.

Match referees ruled the Windies to be three overs short of their target, resulting in players being fined 30 per cent of their match fee and Holder, as captain, struck with a 60 per cent fine.

ICC regulations stipulate that players are players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for each over their side fails to bowl within the specified time, while captains are fined double.

However, with the Windies also running afoul of the over-rate regulation in the opening Test against Pakistan in Jamaica last April, the latest offence constituted a second breach for Holder, resulting in the ban.

The suspension will be a massive blow for the Caribbean side as they seek to regroup following the defeat inside four days, and chase a series-levelling victory at Seddon Park starting Saturday.

Holder is a crucial cog in the Windies seam attack and a pivotal lower order batsman, who has already gathered two centuries – the last coming last month on the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe.

He had a miserable outing in the first Test, however, scoring a first-ball ‘duck’ and seven, while picking up just one wicket as Black Caps piled up 520 for nine in their first innings.

Following the Wellington defeat, Holder praised Brathwaite while urging his side not to allow their heads to drop as they looked to square the series.

“I’m really pleased with our progress as a side. You look at Kraigg Brathwaite and he’s very young as well – just turned 25 – and he’s led our batting now for the last three years,” Holder said.

“We’ve got guys like Roston Chase, Shai Hope, now [Shimron] Hetmyer coming into the side. There’s lot of talent there.

“I won’t let this Test match put a damper on my spirits in terms of the way we’ve played cricket for the last few months, so I’ll just put this behind us. I think it is important that we do put it behind us as quickly as possible, learn from it and try not to make the same mistakes going forward into [the second Test].”

Brathwaite, who has led Barbados in the past, has served as Holder’s deputy for a while now but is yet to skipper the Windies in a Test.

He was one of the few bright spots in the Wellington Test, scoring 24 and 91, in what was generally a disappointing Windies batting display.

The right-hander has already the most experienced players in the squad with 43 Tests, alongside seasoned fellow Barbadian Kemar Roach who has played the same number.

In Holder’s absence, uncapped Barbadian all-rounder Raymon Reifer could be called in for his first Test.

2 Responses to Kraigg to lead

  1. Alex Alleyne December 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I wish kraigg well, but from what I have been seeing from him as a captain, “he is very negative”.

    • harry turnover December 8, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Was telling my grandson the SAME thing last night. Kraigg is even more defensive than Holder.
      Holder as a player ,yes…as a tactician out of a score of 1 to10 ,I would give him a ZERO.


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