Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 20th 2015 Contents WELLINGTON---Former Guyana and West Indies
batsman Bruce Pairaudeau has thrown his full sup-
port behind the Caribbean side s World Cup cam-
The 89-year-old Pairaudeau, who has lived in New
Zealand since 1959, recently took a four-hour road
trip to meet West Indies in Napier, ahead of their
crucial final preliminary round game against United
"I just wanted to come along to give the team some
good wishes. I am a West Indian and will always be
a West Indian," said Pairaudeau, as he mingled with
players at a training session at Nelson Park.
"Whenever the West Indies come to New Zealand
I always try to come and see them. They are repre-
senting the people, the same people I represented
back when I played so many years ago."
A small right-handed batsman in his day, Pairaudeau
played for British Guyana in the regional four-day
competition and also made 13 Test appearances.
After moving to New Zealand in late 1959, he became
a stalwart for Northern Districts in the Plunkett Shield
(first-class competition) and was captain when they
won the tournament for the first time.
During his visit, Pairaudeau posed for several pictures
with charismatic opener Chris Gayle and even sport-
ingly gave the power-hitter a few tips on how to use
his big bats.
After leaving Gayle, he joined fast bowling legend
Sir Curtly Ambrose for a brief chat about their careers.
Pairaudeau's Test career got off to a magnificent
start when he made 115 against India at the Queen's
Park Oval in Trinidad in 1953. He added a fifth wicket
partnership of 219 with Everton Weekes who made
He played alongside many legends of the game
including Sir Garfield Sobers, the Three Ws--- Everton
Weekes, Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott---along with
Wes Hall, Rohan Kanhai and Lance Gibbs.
"I was happy to play my first match. India had
their spinners ... they had Mankad, Gupte ... overall
they had a good team," he recalled.
"I felt I batted really well to get to my century and
Everton made a double. We put on over a hundred
runs and he helped me along the way.
He continued: "I had a magnificent time playing
for the West Indies and made some great friends. I
was close to Everton (Sir Everton Weekes) and he was
the best batsman I have seen. We had a lot of fun
and everyone got along really well.
"As a boy my dream was to play for my country
and then the West Indies. I had some good times,
even though I should have scored more runs."
WELLINGTON---Fast bowling great Sir
Richard Hadlee has given Jason Holder a
ringing endorsement, saying he is
impressed with the cricketing skills and
leadership of the young West Indies cap-
The former New Zealand fast bowler was
speaking to a packed media conference at
the Basin Reserve yesterday afternoon.
Together with West Indies bowling great,
Sir Curtly Ambrose, he was previewing
the all-important World Cup quarter-final
between the New Zealanders and the
Windies scheduled for the Wellington
Regional Stadium today.
"I like the look of the captain Jason Holder
he seems very calm for someone so young
and someone carrying so much responsibility,"
said Sir Richard.
"He has formed a good new ball partner-
ship with Jerome Taylor and I also like the
look of him as well. They give the West Indies
attack something to work with at the top."
He added: "It is good when you have
someone (Holder) so young who can take
the team forward. He is handling himself
Sir Curtly also lauded the work of Holder
and Taylor with the new ball, and backed
the Windies to turn the tables on the unbeat-
en Black Caps on Saturday.
"The combination of Taylor and Holder
is working pretty well for us at the moment,"
said Sir Curtly, the Windies bowling coach.
"We all know how talented captain Holder
is. Taylor is a wonderful bowler, swings the
ball as well and they're going to be key, I
believe, to start the innings."
Taylor has taken 14 wickets at the World
Cup at 18.35 apiece to be the West Indies
He was out of the game for several years
but made a successful comeback last year. He has an
impressive ODI record with 120 wickets in 78 matches
at an average of 27 runs per wicket, an economy rate
of under five runs per over and a strike rate of 32.
Holder, meanwhile, was a surprise choice when he
was named to take over from Dwayne Bravo as the
The decision to turn to the 23-year-old was taken
last December ahead of the One-Day International
series in South Africa and Clive Lloyd, chairman of
selectors, tipped Holder "as a young man with a good
So far in the world Cup Holder has impressed with
his calm authority as well as his classy batting and
wicket-taking ability with the new ball. He made 56
against South Africa and top scored against India with
a career-best 57.
In last Sunday's must-win game against the United
Arab Emirates he took four wickets to earn the Man
of the Match award, as West Indies clinched a quar-
ter-final spot. CMC
Holder has skills to lead, says NZ legend
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