Windies skipper Jason Holder out of second Test

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Entering the penultimate day at the Basin Reserve brimming with confidence following an encouraging display on Sunday, West Indies' enterprise deserted them as they collapsed from a promising 214 for two overnight to 319 all out in their second innings.

The tourists were humiliated by an innings and 209 runs at Edgbaston in their most recent Test series against England in August.

"History suggests they are (a threat)".

"We're certainly expecting them to sustain pressure over a longer period of time".

"And then with the nature of Test cricket, we were able to wear them down I guess at the back end of that last session - the guys did extremely well not just to build a partnership but the way they went about it and the scoring rate was impressive".

Opener and vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite, unbeaten overnight on 79, top-scored with 91 while Shai Hope moved from 24 at the start to 37, but none of the Windies batsmen could muster the required commitment to stretch the contest into the fifth day. "That was really important and it's an area that we have to do well again in Hamilton", he noted.

West Indies have not won a Test series on New Zealand soil in 22 years.

West Indies will be without captain Jason Holder for the second Test against New Zealand after he was suspended for maintaining a slow over-rate in the defeat in Wellington. For each over that isn't bowled within the allotted time, each team member is docked 10 percent of their match fees, while the skipper's fine is double that.

West Indies were found to be three overs short of their target and Holder bore the brunt of the penalty, slapped with a 60 per cent fine of his match fee along with a one-match suspension.

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