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West Indies pace bowler Jason Holder has admitted that he was gutted at not being able to save the West Indies from defeat during their third Test against New Zealand in Barbados.
Holder, who was on debut during that match, scored a magnificent 52 before he was clean bowled by New Zealand spinner Mark Craig. Despite Holder’s efforts, the West Indies ended up losing the match by 53 runs and subsequently the series 2-1.
“My goal was just to take the team to the end, whether it was a win or a draw,” Holder said. “I thought I played really well, but unfortunately got out at the last stage.
“After coming in, the situation of the game, I knew there was a lot of work to be done.”
Holder was also involved in a 77-run partnership with spinner Shane Shillingford, which frustrated New Zealand.
“[We] Needed to build a partnership to start and to wear down the New Zealand bowlers as much as possible, frustrate them as much as possible,” Holder said. “I came in with [the last recognised batsman] Darren Bravo there and we tried to build a partnership, unfortunately Darren got out.”
Holder added that his Test debut made him realise that he does have what it takes to play at the highest level.
“I bring back that belief that I can score runs at this level,” he said. “For me it was about making the adjustment from limited-overs cricket to Test cricket.
“I need to leave a lot more balls outside off stump, know where my off stump is, whereas, in the one day game, you tend to like to feel the ball on the bat.”