Holder has skills to lead Windies: Richard Hadlee

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Wellington, March 20 (IANS) Fast bowling great Richard Hadlee has given Jason Holder a ringing endorsement, saying he is impressed with the cricketing skills and leadership of the young West Indies captain.

“I like the look of captain Jason Holder. He seems very calm for someone so young and someone carrying so much responsibility,” Hadlee was quoted as saying by CMC on Thursday.

“He has formed a good new ball partnership with Jerome Taylor and I also like the look of him as well. They give the West Indies attack something to work with at the top.”

He added: “It is good when you have someone (Holder) so young who can take the team forward. He is handling himself quite well.”

Ambrose also lauded the work of Holder and Taylor with the new ball, and backed the Windies to turn the tables on the unbeaten Black Caps when the two sides meet in the fourth quarter-final of the World Cup on Saturday.

“The combination of Taylor and Holder is working pretty well for us at the moment,” said Windies bowling coach Ambrose.

“We all know how talented captain Holder is. Taylor is a wonderful bowler, swings the ball as well and they’re going to be key, I believe, to start the innings.”

Taylor has taken 14 wickets at the World Cup at a strike rate of 18.35 per wicket to be the West Indies leading bowler, reports CMC.

He was out of the game for several years but made a successful comeback last year. He has an impressive ODI record with 120 wickets in 78 matches at an average of 27 runs per wicket, an economy rate of under five runs per over and a strike rate of 32.

Holder, meanwhile, was a surprise choice when he was named to take over from Dwayne Bravo as the 50-overs captain.

The decision to turn to the 23-year-old was taken last December ahead of the One-Day International series in South Africa. Clive Lloyd, chairman of selectors, tipped Holder “as a young man with a good cricket brain”.

So far in the world Cup Holder has impressed with his calm authority as well as his classy batting and wicket-taking ability with the new ball. He made 56 against South Africa and top scored against India with a career-best 57.

In last Sunday’s must-win game against the United Arab Emirates he took four wickets to earn the Man of the Match award, as West Indies clinched a quarter-final spot.

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