New Zealand in West Indies 2014 June 6, 2014

Jason Holder added to Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies fast bowler Jason Holder has been added to the squad for the first Test against New Zealand at Sabina Park starting on Sunday. Holder will be the fourth seamer in the 14-man squad that also includes Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Jerome Taylor. The West Indies Cricket Board did not explain why an extra fast bowler was included.

Holder, 22, has featured in the limited-overs squads of late and has played 17 ODIs and a T20. He has 25 ODI wickets with a best of 4 for 13. Holder played just one IPL game, for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season. He took part in the two-week preparatory camp in Barbados.

West Indies are still waiting on the fitness of Chris Gayle, who is due to play his 100th Test.

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  • Patrick on June 7, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    @ Ironman We will have to agree to disagree on that one. Powell, I am afraid does not instil confidence. I really hope that he does develop at Test level because the cupboard is bare, particularly with specialist openers, and Gayle will not be around forever. But Edwards gets my nod at number four in this Test.

  • Patrick on June 7, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    @ Gregory Nicholls For a long time WI was carrying a captain that meant the bowling attack struggled to take 20 wickets vs good opposition. This is no longer the case. WI can now play four good specialist bowlers and this is enough really. Playing a fifth bowler exposes an already sometimes fragile batting lineup. And the tail has more often than not been a hattrick waiting to happen. Even England when they were number one only played four specialist bowlers and they had the luxury of bowlers who could hold a bat i.e Broad, Swann and Bresnan. WI can ill-afford to risk playing five bowlers. The lineup should be Gayle, Braithwaite (over Powell), Bravo (best batsman needs to be at three), Edwards, Shiv, Samuels, Ramdin, Taylor, Shillingford, Roach, Holder (or Benn depending how the pitch is prepared).

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    I think the West Indies selectors would be missing a real opportunity to leave Jason Holder out of the current test team .This younster has the ability to be a great strike bowler ,who with the right help and guidance will become a great bowler . I do believe that there are enough forme gtreats that should be hired to work with Jason and some of the younger quickies arround . He hs the smarts to put he ball in the right place as oppose to ome lder and more experienced bowlers that have learned nothing in years. are

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I really am enthused by the late choice of Jason Holder since Dwayne Bravo was my choice to bat at 6 and share the seam bowling duties with Roach and Taylor. I will have to leave out both of the young openers and let the Captain bat at 6 with the 5 bowlers to follow. The batsmen need to put up scores and we need 5 bowlers who will take 20 wickets. Gabriel had a very good first class season but Shilly and Benn are better options behind Roach and Taylor, and Holder.

  • CRIC on June 7, 2014, 9:08 GMT


    Rampaul needs to take care of his body. His fitness is a major concern. The extra plate of goat curry has taken priority over the extra yard of pace I'm afraid.

  • Shakti on June 7, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Still feel Carlos Brathwaite should be in the team. Rather have the pace bowling allrounder & play 2 specialist spinners with 2 specialist pacemen. New Zealand do not play spin well, attack the weakness properly. Kirk Edwards should bat at #3.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @ PaddyRasta1, honestly i have nothing against Edwards... the truth is actually only reason i dont have him in my 11 is cuz samuels gets selected and thats only because he will help with the bowling.... lord knows samuels needs a rest.... but i have powell ahead of Edwards cuz he is a left arm batsman which i think wud do better being dat NZ attack is made of left arm pacers and young brathwaite is the only person other than shiv and roach dat could really stay and have the batsmen build around them... So yep Edwards has a gud record this year but i is still weak when it come to balls on the off stump comming from left arm over.

  • Patrick on June 7, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    @ironman augustin What do you have against Edwards? He has a much better Test average than both Powell and Braithwaite who both flatter to deceive and he has recent form from the regional four day. Topped the averages with 79. He should definitely be in the starting 11 and is only really after Shiv and Bravo.

  • Alexei on June 6, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    I share ZCF's sentiments, hope I'm wrong too. Holder is way better though and I expect him to have a great Test record

  • Ravi on June 6, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Gabriel do not deserve his spot at this time.

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