Windies must use Headingley victory as learning moment: Holder

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October 14, 2017
AP West Indies cricketers.

BRIDGETOWN (CMC):

As phenomenal an achievement as the recent Test victory at Headingley was, West Indies captain Jason Holder says the regional side will not be dwelling on it, as they seek to make even bigger strides in coming series.

Last August, West Indies arrived in Leeds following an innings defeat inside three days in Nottingham and produced a magnificent performance to thrash England by five wickets, after chasing down 322 on an epic final day.

However, with West Indies about to engage Zimbabwe in a two-Test series in Bulawayo, Holder said it was more important to learn from the Headingley experience than dwell on it." Personally, I have the mentality to keep moving forward. What's gone in the past is gone," he told CMC Sports on Monday just prior to the squad's departure.

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"We've had bad games before and we have tried to put them behind us so I don't see why when we have good games we should really hold on to them too long.

"I think we should enjoy it (the win) in the moment, probably not forget about it but we should, most importantly, learn from it, but I don't think we should sit down and toil on it too much."

He continued: "It's something that has gone already, everybody has seen what we can do it's just a matter for us to keep moving in that direction to overtake teams ahead of us."

Though West Indies lost the three-match series against England, 2-1, selectors retained an unchanged squad for the tour of Zimbabwe as they chase their first series win in three years.

Several players enter the series with big reputations. Shai Hope stroked hundreds in both innings at Headingley, Roston Chase scored heavily in the series against Pakistan earlier in the year, while seamer Kemar Roach made an impressive return to international cricket following an extended break with 11 wickets against England.

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