Interim coach hails Holder

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October 29, 2015
file West Indies' cricket captain Jason Holder (right) and Devendra Bishoo

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):

Newly appointed Test captain Jason Holder has been given a passing grade by interim head coach Eldine Baptiste, who says the 23-year-old needs to continue to back himself in the role.

Holder was elevated to the Test captaincy prior to the Sri Lanka series, taking over from wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin who led the side for 15 months.

And while his first series in charge was marked by 2-0 defeat to Sri Lanka, Baptiste said Holder had been excellent throughout.

"You couldn't ask for more. To be quite honest, Jason has been very, very good," Baptiste said.

"It's a pleasure to sit out here and watch what he is doing.

"As I said to him, don't be afraid. He's a young man, he's going to make mistakes but don't be afraid to make mistakes. [He needs to] back his instinct, back his gut feeling and he's done that."

Holder was named one-day captain last year ahead of the tour of South Africa in January, and also led the team to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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