West Indies Test captain Jason Holder has urged his team to fight harder after getting defeated in the first Test match against New Zealand by an innings and 134-run in Hamilton.
New Zealand gave an embarrassing follow-on to West Indies after they were bundled out for 138 runs in their first innings while chasing 519 runs. However, nothing changed for the visitors’ in the second innings as Neil Wagner got better of them.
West Indies lost six wickets for 89 before Alzzari Joseph, and Jermaine Blackwood stitched up 155 runs partnership. The young pacer Kyle Jamieson broke the daunting partnership, and the visitors were all out for 247 runs.
We need to fight harder: Jason Holder.
Jason Holder has slammed the batters for their poor display, but he has credit Blackwood and Joseph to build a much-needed partnership that ensured the visitors were not bowled out twice in one day.
“Our batting wasn’t good enough in both innings,” Jason Holder said.
“Credit to Jermaine and Alzarri to bring some respectability to our batting but quite frankly our top-order needs to stand up.”
The allrounder added that it’s high time for his team as they need to put a fighting battle in the second Test match.
“I think it’s time we started delivering and stopped talking. We have talked and promised a lot,” Holder said.
“But now it’s a matter to all look at ourselves in the mirror and understand that we need to fight harder. We have just got to turn it around. Only we can do that,” Jason Holder said.
The second test in the two-match series starts at the Basin Reserve. Holder said it was likely that fast bowler Kemar Roach would return home after his father died shortly before the first test started.