Jason Holder has faith in Marlon Samuels

Jason Holder has faith in Marlon Samuels
Jason Holder (left) has lost four out of the five Tests he has captained for West Indies.
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West Indies captain Jason Holder expressed faith in the capabilities of Marlon Samuels after the 34-year-old endured a torrid time with the bat in recently concluded series against Australia.

From three Tests in the 2015-16 Frank-Worrell Trophy, Samuels scored just 35 runs at an average of 7.00 and a highest score of 19.

On the whole, Samuels featured in nine Test matches in 2015 and has 484 runs at an average of 26.88 including one hundred and two fifties.

The off-spinning all-rounder was also banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council in the December 2015 after his action was found to be illegal.

With nearly six months before their next Test series, Holder believes that Samuels can benefit by playing first-class cricket in West Indies.

"You have to ask Marlon Samuels that question.

"He obviously didn't have the best series here but we still have faith in him.

“He's been one of our leading batsmen the last couple of years.

"We have some first-class cricket going on back home at the moment.

"He will go back home at the moment and I guess he'll go home and play that.

"I guess the rest is down to Marlon." 

West Indies began their tour of Australia on a disastrous note by losing the first Test in Hobart by a margin of an innings and 212 runs.

However, they showed signs of improvement in the second Test by scoring more than 270 runs in both innings while managing to cross the 300-run mark in the rain affected final game in Sydney.

The biggest positive for West Indies was the form of their batsmen Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite both of whom scored more than 200 runs in the series.

Acknowledging that the batting performances improved as the series progressed, Holder believes that there is a need to improve on the bowling department.

"We just showed signs that once we apply ourselves as batsmen we can make runs against good opposition.

"We really improved as time went on.

"We didn't start well in the first Test match but we really fought in Melbourne.

"We obviously need to tighten up a lot more on our bowling department."

In the 262 matches, West Indies have played Australia, they have won 97 and lost 133 while 25 ended in a draw.

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