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Holder wants to see consistent West Indies

31st January 2019, 07:46 by Tom McGarry

West Indies captain Jason Holder believes his side must prove they know how to be consistent during the second Test with England.

The Windies hold a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series following their comprehensive 381-run victory in Barbados last week and they can wrap up the series if they claim another triumph this week, with the second Test due to get underway in Antigua on Thursday.

Skipper Holder was one of the stars of the show during the first Test, finishing unbeaten on 202 during the Windies' second innings, while he also took two wickets as he became the first West Indian since Sir Garfield Sobers to move to the top of the ICC all-rounder rankings.

The 27-year-old is now hoping that both he, and the team, can replicate that performance this week, although he acknowledges the Windies have struggled with consistency over recent times.

"Speaking to the guys, everyone is speaking about just being consistent - that's something which has plagued West Indian cricket in the recent past," Holder told Sky Sports.

"Everybody is really hungry. We understand what we've done in Barbados and I just think everyone is looking forward to the second Test in Antigua."

Holder certainly feels the West Indies can improve from their first Test performance, which also saw spinner Roston Chase take career-best Test figures of 8-60.

He added: "I still think we could have put up some more runs in the first innings. At the top of the order we could have had more conversion as well.

"I don't think we utilised the new ball as well as we probably did in the first innings, but it was still really good that we got the 20 wickets."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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