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'Guys have shown character' - Holding

Michael Holding says that the defeat was a foregone conclusion, but it's been refreshing to see that there has been a change in attitude of the team (00:00)

Interviewer: Dan Brettig

April 27, 2012

Posted by plod on (April 30, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Mikey, I respect your opinion. Australia has blooded a lot of players the last couple of years, I agree Ed Cowan is not quite up to it at test level. But you are so wrong about Dave Warner, who already has two test centuries to his name and will be a superstar. We have a lot of shield batsman that would walk into any international team. You are in love with England's test team. Don't know why. Their overseas form, where you can only really be judged, is appalling, they don't deserve to be called No.1. Playing well at home is not the test of a great team. They are very, very ordinary players of spin and have been found wanting. Australia is now No.3 and has the most test points. That is an indication of our ability to win overseas in all conditions. Apart from South Africa, no other country is capable of that. Nathan Lyon who you bagged, is very raw, but, is improving all the time and was the bowler of the series as we won 2 blot Mikey, a thrashing on your own dung heap.

Posted by TropicPleasure on (April 28, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

I saw the headline and thought, "what's Holding talking about?" I then watch the interview and agreed wholeheartedly with him. Well, almost. He's bang on on the quality, ability and make up of the team, as well as the approach on the final day of the test. What we had were two people flinging their bats, having fun, convinced that the match had already been lost. I agree somewhat, that the players have shown character, but the insinuation that others before didn't, is where I disagree. West Indies teams are known to show character. Whenever they show some fight to save a match, we say, they finally show character, they finally show fight. In recent years, we saw them beat England in the West Indies in the first test, and put everything they had into defending their 1-0 lead, winning the series. We saw them show fight in New Zealand. In their last series in Australia, after being pummelled in the first test, they fought the Aussies tooth and nail.

Posted by jimbond on (April 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

The old WI players, greats in their own right, continue to be obstinate. In order to keep the interest going, WI needs to win a few, and without Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Samuels, Sarwan, I dont see them winning right now. And Sammy is occupying precious real estate. I can see at least four allrounders who can be better- Bravo, Russel, Dwayne Smith, Pollard. And if he keeps out a bowler, it will be one of Fidel Edwards, Roach, Rampaul, Taylor, Bishoo, Narine- and all of these are miles ahead of Sammy.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Mr Holding you keep harping the one one tune that Sammy is im balancing the team as a first change bowler, but the bowling is not failing sir its the batting,its batsmen we need and its obvious you are very short sighted. Thank God you are not Managing west Indies Cricket.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

With the amount of mistakes made by the WICB , the Coach & the Captain we needed a lot of luck to win this series & unfortunately West Indies have almost no luck when it comes to International cricket these days. Always so close & yet Ever so Far

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

Since Coach Arthur didnt have the guts to drop him Haddin having to go back to Australia & Clarke recovering from his injury really set up Australia well for the series. With his own form to worry about I strongly doubt Watson would have done as good a job as captain if Clarke was absent & with the form Haddin has been in for the last couple of series more than likely he would have dropped 1 or 2 key catches & he wouldn't have been as good a bat as Wade was either. On the other hand Narine who earlier in the tour had Wade struggling to decide which end of the bat was up chose to go to IPL.Gayle, Russel Samuels all of whom i cant see doing much worse than the top order we had to use also went to play IPL. Sarwan & Nash were away playing county cricket and based on the squad selected for England they remain persona non grata. And on top of that both the Edwards' got injured. Reviews almost always being used incorrectly + fielders & Baugh dropping catches left right & center

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