West Indies captain Jason Holder anticipates his team will soon improve its International Cricket Council Test (ICC) ratings.
The West Indies who had been sitting in the eighth position on the ICC Test’s ranking for almost a decade were recently demoted to the ninth spot in the ICC rankings, while Bangladesh moved up the rungs into the eighth place.
The regional team will have the opportunity to move into the number eight slot if they defeat Bangladesh 2-0 in the two-match Test series which starts in Antigua on July 4. And according to the skipper, he and the team are aware that the upcoming series against the Asian visitors gives them another a chance to improve their Test ratings.
“We have a Test series against Bangladesh in a few days, this gives us another opportunity to get some vital points and improve our ratings. We got to start the series well, the good thing is that we have been playing cricket, I am not sure that they have been doing the same thing, therefore we should have a bit of a head start going into the series,” Holder told Barbados TODAY in an interview.
While Holder was thankful that his team has another crack at improving their Test ranking, he lamented that the series against Bangladesh was being played just a week after a Test series against Sri Lanka which was scheduled to conclude at Kensington Oval on Wednesday, but ended a day earlier with the West Indies suffering a four-wicket defeat.
The captain said playing back-to-back Test series could be very challenging and placed a very heavy burden on the players.
“It is a tough task to play a Test series so soon after one has just ended, it is very challenging and places a heavy burden on the players. We don’t have the pleasure of having rest days between Test matches. I personally feel we should have more days off between matches, especially in-between a Test series. We will have to manage our players as best as we can. Our bowlers had a very heavy workload in the series against Sri Lanka, so we will have to manage them carefully. The upcoming series against Bangladesh provides our batsmen, especially the top half, with another chance to get some runs under their belts,” Holder said.
The tall all-rounder who performed well with the bat and ball against Sri Lanka attributed his success to the hard work he has been putting in behind the scenes.
“I have been putting in a lot of work behind the scenes. I had two months off to rest my body, I was carrying a few injuries and had a surgery at the end of 2017. I still had a few niggles in the series against Sri Lanka but I am trying to manage my body as best as I can,” he said.
Holder has made notable upward moment on the latest ICC Test rankings. He has moved up to 54th position on the batting list, 25th among the bowlers and 6th place on the list of all-rounders.
“I try not to look too much at my performances, I just hope that my contributions are part of a team effort that can help us win more Test matches,” Holder said.
He stated that a pleasing aspect of his development as a player and captain was his never-say-die attitude.
“I am just pleased with the way I keep fighting, I have a never-say-die attitude despite however things may go. I believe in keeping my head up, keep smiling, and keep going. I am the leader of this team and I cannot allow my head to drop,” the 26-year-old captain said.