WI must use Head­in­g­ley vic­tory as learn­ing mo­ment - Holder

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BRIDGETOWN, Bar­ba­dos, CMC – As phe­nom­e­nal an achieve­ment as the re­cent Test vic­tory at Head­in­g­ley was, West Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder says the re­gional side will not be dwelling on it, as they seek to make even big­ger strides in com­ing se­ries.

Last Au­gust, West Indies ar­rived in Leeds fol­low­ing an in­nings de­feat in­side three days in Not­ting­ham and pro­duced a mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance to thrash Eng­land by five wick­ets, af­ter chas­ing down 322 on an epic fi­nal day.

How­ever, with West Indies about to en­gage Zim­babwe in a two-Test se­ries in Bu­l­awayo, Holder said it was more im­por­tant to learn from the Head­in­g­ley ex­pe­ri­ence than dwell on it.

“Per­son­ally I have the men­tal­ity to keep mov­ing for­ward. What’s gone in the past is gone,” he told CMC Sports on Mon­day just prior to the squad’s de­par­ture.

“We’ve had bad games be­fore and we have tried to put them be­hind us so I don’t see why when we have good games we should re­ally hold on to them too long.

“I think we should en­joy it (the win) in the mo­ment, prob­a­bly not for­get about it but we should, most im­por­tantly, learn from it but I don’t think we should sit down and toil on it too much.”

He con­tin­ued: “It’s some­thing that has gone al­ready, ev­ery­body has seen what we can do it’s just a mat­ter for us to keep mov­ing in that di­rec­tion to over­take [the] teams head of us.”

Though West Indies lost the three­match se­ries against Eng­land, 2-1, se­lec­tors re­tained an un­changed squad for the tour of Zim­babwe as they chase their first se­ries win in three years.

Sev­eral play­ers en­ter the se­ries with big rep­u­ta­tions. Shai Hope stroked hun­dreds in both in­nings at Head­in­g­ley, Ros­ton Chase scored heav­ily in the se­ries against Pak­istan ear­lier in the year while seamer Ke­mar Roach made an impressive re­turn to in­ter­na­tional cricket fol­low­ing an ex­tended break with 11 wick­ets against Eng­land.

Holder praised the unit for the way they had ap­proached team build­ing.

“I just urge each mem­ber of the team just to re­main fo­cus on their in­di­vid­ual goals but they must fit into the team goals,” he said.

“I think we’ve been gelling re­ally nicely as a unit, and the guys are re­ally work­ing for one an­other and that’s prob­a­bly some­thing I haven’t re­ally seen in West Indies cricket in the past.”

With lit­tle break between the Pak­istan, Eng­land and Zim­babwe se­ries, Holder also stressed the im­por­tance of play­ers fo­cussing on their fit­ness.

“It’s been tough to get down time. It’s been very hec­tic this year and I pre­sume next year will be just as hec­tic but I would en­cour­age the guys to stress on their re­cov­ery and keep­ing their bodies fresh,” the all-rounder said.

“There are a few guys who are over­lap­ping the for­mats so it’s more dif­fi­cult for them be­cause they are play­ing more cricket. For me it’s about man­ag­ing each player, mak­ing sure ev­ery­body stays as fresh and are as ready as they pos­si­bly can.

“Apart from that, you just have to be as pro­fes­sional as you can be. It is what it is in terms of the sched­ule and I don’t see it eas­ing up any­time soon. This is what we are paid to do and we have to be pro­fes­sional enough to go out there and do it.”

West Indies face Zim­babwe A in a three-day tour match start­ing Sun­day, their only warm-up game be­fore the first Test bowls off Oc­to­ber 21.

FLASH­BACK: Shai Hope cel­e­brates af­ter lead­ing West Indies to vic­tory in the sec­ond Test against Eng­land last Au­gust.

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