Jason holder ready for test return as West Indies face England.

West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder is entering this week’s first Test against England at Lord’s with renewed enthusiasm, spurred by the team’s surprising success in Australia earlier this year.

Key Points:

  • Holder’s Absence in Australia: Holder missed the Australia tour to participate in the ILT20 in the UAE, preparing for the T20 World Cup, where West Indies fell short of the semi-finals.
  • Impact of Franchise Leagues: Holder’s decision reflects the challenges faced by all-format cricketers due to a congested schedule and the allure of franchise leagues, particularly for players from less affluent cricketing nations like the West Indies.

Holder’s Perspective:

  • Schedule Strain: “I guess over a period of time, there’ll be a solution, whatever that may be,” Holder said, acknowledging the ongoing issues but indicating that each player must make personal decisions regarding their career path.
  • Renewed Energy: Holder was energized by the young West Indies team’s performance in Australia, where they secured an unexpected series draw and a historic Test win in Brisbane without him.

Preparation and Experience:

  • County Cricket Stint: Holder has prepared for the England series with a stint at Worcestershire, describing his experience there as revitalizing due to the camaraderie and support from the team.
  • Teammate Experience: Fast bowler Jayden Seales also gained experience playing county cricket for Sussex, noting the flat pitch conditions at Lord’s and expressing hope for a more favorable pitch for the Test match.

Series Outlook:

  • Challenging England: The West Indies are looking to break the pattern of home victories in the last four series between the two teams. Holder is optimistic about their chances, saying, “I think it’s time for someone to break the shackles and no better time for us to come here and beat England.”


Holder’s return to Test cricket is highly anticipated as the West Indies aim to capitalize on their recent successes and challenge England on their home turf. His leadership and experience will be crucial as they strive for a historic series win.