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10 July 2020 12:34

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Jason Holder shines in all-rounder battle as West Indies tear through England

Jason Holder trained his sights on scoring his first century in England following a sublime six-wicket haul on day two of the first Test in Southampton that has put West Indies firmly in the ascendancy. Holder's six for 42 – a sixth five‑wicket haul in his last 10 Tests, including four victims in the space of 23 balls – rolled England for 204 in 67.3 overs, before the tourists reached 57 for one by the time bad light ended proceedings early. It was a sparkling performance from the softly spoken West Indies captain, who had hinted before the match at a lack of credit for his recent rise to No 1 in the all-rounder rankings. West Indies have England on ropes after captain Holder leads by example Read more Holder, whose spell after lunch included the removal of his fellow all-rounder and captain, Ben Stokes, for a top score of 43, credited his fast-bowling colleagues for hunting as a pack, not least Shannon Gabriel, who claimed four for 62. On his own approach to English conditions, Holder explained: "On the last tour Jimmy Anderson was on 499 wickets – he was bowling to Devendra Bishoo and I was in next.

Holder had led the way on day one, too, when players on both sides took a knee before the first ball of the series to denote the global Black Lives Matter movement sparked by the killing of George Floyd in America six weeks ago. Jofra Archer, the only black cricketer in the England team, was also asked about this in Sky's Big Brother-style diary room on the second morning and shared his belief that the rise of smartphone technology is highlighting the issue of racism in society. Stokes stung as first clash of all-round captains goes West Indies' way | Andy Bull Read more Archer, playing his eighth Test, also shared his surprise at being selected ahead of the more seasoned Stuart Broad, saying: "I still don't know how I got the nod over him, I'm still a bit confused by it. Jason Holder and Ben Stokes providing intriguing sub-plot in Test battle - Chris Waters THOSE who like their individual duels within the context of competitive team sports will no doubt be relishing the key match-up in the Test series between England and the West Indies. West Indies' captain Jason Holder.

That would have to be Ben Stokes versus Jason Holder, England's stand-in captain versus the West Indies' Test captain since 2015. Or, to put it the right way round in terms of the current International Cricket Council all-rounder rankings, Holder versus Stokes – world No 1 versus world No 2. Make no mistake, these are two evenly-matched teams – mediocre with the bat, menacing with the ball, and reliant to a heavy extent on Holder and Stokes respectively. Although Stokes top-scored with 43 in England's first innings total of 204, West Indies reaching 57-1 in reply at stumps on day two, it was Holder who stole the show with 6-42 from 20 overs, his career-best in Test and first-class cricket. Holder did it with a double hundred against England in Barbados last year, which set his side on course for a 2-1 series victory.

Holder's sixth sense was in good working order on another gloomy day in West End, Southampton (is there any other sort of day down there?), one on which only 69.2 overs were delivered due to rain and bad light after just 17.4 were possible because of the weather on day one. After England slipped to 87-5, Holder and Shannon Gabriel each taking two wickets after the hosts began the day on 35-1, Stokes and Jos Buttler were just in the throes of masterminding a recovery when Holder intervened as captain and as bowler. With England's sixth-wicket pair combining to add 67, and with the game just starting to run away from the tourists in the period after lunch, Holder got into his players' faces with a few rallying words and then got into England's middle-order and tail with the ball in his hand. In an eye-blink he removed Stokes and Buttler, who were both caught behind, and then added the scalps of Jofra Archer lbw and Mark Wood caught in the gully to ensure that West Indies' good start did not go to waste. But the very fact that these teams have errors in them only makes the cricket more intriguing – and Messrs Stokes and Holder stand out all the more.

West Indies captain Jason Holder landed the first significant blow in the battle of the star all-rounders, claiming career-best figures of six for 42 to put Ben Stokes' England under pressure on day two of the first #raisethebat Test. While the heavy grey clouds and permanent floodlights did not help, Holder and Shannon Gabriel, who took four for 62, exploited them wonderfully before the tourists reached 57 for one when bad light stopped play. Jason Holder excelled with the ball at the Ageas Bowl (Mike Hewitt/NMC Pool/PA) West Indies captain Jason Holder says both his team and England putting up a united front to show support for the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign before the start of the first Test meant the "world to him" and he felt Michael Holding's powerful speech on racism "in his veins". But I think we could come a lot closer, we could do a lot more for cricket in general."Holder led from the front on day two, taking a career-best 6 for 42 to put his team his in a good position. The West Indies great said racism would not stop until the entire human race is educated on the subject. There's a bigger picture sometimes in sport, but in the grand scheme of things, I just think we just need to be aware, we need to educate ourselves, and we need to have a level playing field for everyone."Holding was listening to Holder's interview and responded by saying that "I don't think you need to thank me, Jason. West Indies captain Jason Holder led the way with six wickets as England were dismissed for 204 Jason Holder says England's record Test wicket-taker James Anderson was the inspiration for him to add a more patient approach to his bowling armoury. The West Indies captain returned career-best figures of 6-42 as his side rolled England over for 204 to take control on day two of the first Test at Southampton. Recalling West Indies' previous tour of England in 2017, the all-rounder revealed that the example set by Anderson - who captured his 500th Test wicket during that series - motivated him to adapt his own style. James Anderson took the only West Indies wicket to fall on day two, that of John Campbell "Then I started to watch a few things from Glenn McGrath as well because I think our styles are similar - we're maybe not as quick as a Jofra Archer or a Shannon Gabriel. Holder's performance represented his seventh Test haul of five or more wickets, but an impressive economy rate of 2.10 - the best among West Indies' four seamers - was also crucial in stifling the home side's first innings. A sixth-wicket stand of 67 between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler briefly threatened to hand England the initiative, but Holder had both caught behind in quick succession before he and Gabriel (4-62) cleaned up the tail. Jason Holder's best Test figures 6-42 vs England (Ageas Bowl, 2020) I was a little surprised England decided to bat, but it worked out well for us," added Holder. Watch day three of the first #raisethebat Test between England and West Indies live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event from 10.30am on Friday.