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Want to win second Test as tribute to Sir Garry Sobers - Jason Holder

Want to win second Test as tribute to Sir Garry Sobers - Jason Holder
Jason Holder will be leading the West Indies team in a do-or-die game against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
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West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his team to buckle up and win the second Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo for the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers who has flown in to watch the series.

The ongoing Test series between Sri Lanka and West Indies has been named as the Sobers-Tissera Trophy to honour Sir Sobers and Sri Lanka’s former player Michael Tissera.

Holder is expecting a better show from the batsmen in order for West Indies to push for a series levelling win in Colombo.

“I can tell you for sure the guys are upbeat for the second Test match.

“It’s a must win game for us to at least level the series.

“The guys know the situation of the series.

“It’s all up to us to come into this series for this last test match, perform and get 20 wickets.

“The batsmen need to give us a chance to get 20 wickets.

“In the last game we only got one opportunity with the ball and we only got 10 wickets.

“Hopefully we can put some runs on the board in the second Test.”

Upon the invite of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Sir Sobers has arrived in the island and will be the guest of honour for the second Test match.

Sir Sobers will be present at the time of the toss alongside Tissera and there is also a special dinner for him, hosted by SLC.

The 23-year-old West Indies skipper iterated that the presence of Sir Sobers is a motivating factor for the team to perform at their best.

“I personally saw him (Sir Garry Sobers) yesterday in the hotel lobby.

“It was inspiring to see him come all this way just to watch the series.

“I’m sure most of the guys know of his presence and know that he’s here.

“I hope we can go ahead in this Test match and win it for him.”

West Indies succumbed to an innings defeat in the first Test match after their batsmen failed to convert their starts in both the innings.

Earlier they had trouble with their fielding efforts as a few catches went down out of which the drop of Dinesh Chandimal proved to be very costly.

Acknowledging that the team was working on their fielding and batting, Holder is hoping for an improved performance from his team.

“In the last few days we’ve done a lot of analysing.

“We’ve looked at some footage.

“We’ve come in the practice sessions in the last few days and paid a lot of attention to our fielding.

“Hopefully the batsmen can get acclimatised to these conditions at the P Sara (Oval).

“We’ve done a little bit more thinking and talking.

“Hopefully we can put things right in this Test match.

“We fell down in the field so that’s one area that we’ve really paid attention to in the last few days.”

Thanks to the fielding lapses, Sri Lanka were able to make full use of batting first on a track that assisted the batsmen in the first couple of days.

The hosts went on to post a mammoth total of 484 which proved to be too much of a task for West Indies, who eventually lost the game by an innings and six runs.

Asserting that fielding drills can help improve the catching on the field, Holder revealed that the team is placing particular emphasis on getting their fielding efforts right in the second Test.

“I can certainly speak from my point of view practice, does a lot for it (catching).

“When you get in the habit of doing something repeatedly it becomes the norm.

“That’s something we try to stress in the dressing room.

“Just practice properly and do it in a sense that fits a game scenario.

“We try to replicate a match scenario in our fielding drills.

“We’ve picked up the volume of our fielding over the last few days.

“Hopefully we’ll be in better stead for this game.”

West Indies were undone by a fantastic bowling spell by Rangana Herath, who picked up 10 wickets in the match, including a six wicket haul in the first innings.

Herath was able to trick the batsmen in flight and was able to use the variations on offer to the best advantage of the team.

Stressing on the importance of adopting a positive approach while facing Herath, Holder also pointed out the need to be selective when targeting the bowlers.

“We’ve got to be selective and just to play to your personal game plan.

“I just said to the guys, “Be positive, but be selective.”

“Once you’re selective and you’re patient enough you will get runs.

“It’s all about occupying the crease and spending as much time as possible.

“Once you’re selective you can get runs off any bowler.”

West Indies will be playing their first game at the P Sara Oval in Colombo when they face Sri Lanka on 22nd October for the second Test.

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