Holder eyeing more Test success


November 05, 2016


Captain Jason Holder has urged his West Indies side to "stay hungry" after they broke a prolonged slump to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test here Thursday and post their first Test win in 19 months.

The all-rounder said the Windies had the makings of a very good unit, but stressed that it was important to build on the Sharjah success and begin to produce more consistent performances in the future.

Holder, who was presiding over his first Test win, also called for the unit to be kept together as he believed they had the potential to become a dominant Test force.

"This is a very good group of guys. We've shown glimpses that we can compete, we've shown glimpses we have what it takes to compete at this level," said Holder, who turns 25 today.

"For us, it's just a matter of consistency. We mustn't get complacent. We have no reason to be complacent. One Test victory by all means is not enough. It's a situation where we have to stay hungry, and that's something I really believe we have in the group.

"I have no doubt we will get back on the right track in order to take West Indies cricket back up to the top."

West Indies completed an emphatic victory at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium when they easily chased down a modest target of 153.

"It's been a tough year, and for the guys to come out in this last Test match and perform the way they did and not only this Test match."

He added: "One Test match victory does not make us a world-beating side but it's just a situation where we've shown people we can do it. We've competed with Pakistan throughout this entire series.

"We fell short in Dubai. I thought we were basically outplayed in Abu Dhabi but still managed to come up with one of the highest fourth-innings totals there in that Test match and to come here now and just finish an actual game on the winning side is just a wonderful feeling."

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