Holder blasts Sabina pitch

July 16, 2018
Jason Holder

West Indies captain Jason Holder has expressed slight disappointment with the eventual outcome of the Sabina Park pitch that was used for the second and final Test against Bangladesh recently.

Holder, who copped man-of-the-match honours after claiming two five-wicket hauls for a career-best 11 for 103 runs, said this was based on the inconsistency of bounce and carry that it exuded.

West Indies triumphed in the contest by 166 runs to win the series 2-0, and leapfrogged their opponents into eighth position in the ICC Test rankings.

"I felt as though the pitch deteriorated a bit too quickly," noted Holder.

"I didn't expect that it would turn as much as it did so early in the game.


"After the first day it dried out, and offered some invariable bounce, which you still don't want in Test cricket," he added.

West Indies, who were hoping for an improved pitch after experiencing similar inconsistency in carry in the first Test in England, first posted 359 in their first innings after being asked to take first strike.

This was on the back of 110 from Kraigg Brathwaite and 86 from Shimron Hetmyer.

Bangladesh in reply were bowled out for 149. Batting a second time, West Indies were dismissed for 129 with Bangladesh responding with 168.

"I just think we need to a little bit more in terms of our pitches to have consistency and carry throughout a game, as opposed to balls keeping low and some popping.

"But at the end of it, it was good to see the guys adjusting well on the surface, as we were able to get ourselves out of a tough spot early on the first day."

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