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SHARJAH---Captain Jason Hold-
er has urged his West Indies side
to "stay hungry" after they broke
a prolonged slump to beat Pak-
istan by five wickets in the third
and final Test here yesterday and
post their first Test win in 19
The all-rounder said the Windies
had the makings of a very good
unit but stressed it was important
to build on the Sharjah success and
begin to produce more consistent
performances in the future.
Holder, who was presiding over
his first Test win, also called for
the unit to be kept together as he
believed they had the potential to
become a dominant Test force.
"This is a very good group of
guys. We ve shown glimpses that
we can compete, we ve shown
glimpses we have what it takes to
compete at this level," said Holder,
who turns 25 on Saturday.
"For us, it s just a matter of con-
sistency. We mustn t get compla-
cent, we have no reason to be com-
placent. One Test victory by all
means is not enough. It s a situation
where we have to stay hungry and
that s something I really believe we
have in the group.
"Everybody is young, everybody
is looking to make their mark on
the international circuit so every-
body is hungry for success. And
one thing I really enjoy in this
dressing room is that everybody is
happy for each other s success."
He continued: "It s just a situ-
ation where I think we need to stay
together, we need to be given some
time together as a group, to gel, to
understand one another, to play
some good solid cricket.
"We ve definitely shown it here,
we ve competed against India [ear-
lier this year], we had a good last
few Test matches in Australia [last
year] so it s a situation where we
need to string together consistent
performances over an extended
period of time.
"I have no doubt we will get
back on the right track in order to
take West Indies cricket back up
to the top."
West Indies completed an
emphatic victory at the Sharjah
Cricket Stadium when they easily
chased down a modest target of
They resumed the final day on
114 for five still requiring 39 runs
for victory but opener Kraigg
Brathwaite and wicketkeeper/bats-
man Shane Dowrich both stroked
60 not out in stretching their
overnight unbroken sixth wicket
stand to 87, to rule out any chance
Holder said that after losses in
the first Test in Dubai and the sec-
ond Test in Abu Dhabi, he was
proud of the way West Indies had
rebounded to win here.
"If I could sum up my feelings
right now in one word I d just say
proud. Proud of the character
which the guys showed, proud of
the fight they showed, on the back
of a lot of criticism here and there,"
"It s been a tough year and for
the guys to come out in this last
Test match and perform the way
they did---and not only this Test
match. I thought we were com-
petitive the entire series and just
to show that commitment, that
will power, that never-say-die atti-
tude, it s really, really commendable
and makes me feel really proud."
He added: "One Test match vic-
tory does not make us a world-
beating side but it s just a situation
where we ve shown people we can
do it. We ve competed with Pak-
istan throughout this entire series.
"We fell short in Dubai, I thought
we were basically outplayed in Abu
Dhabi but still managed to come
up with one of the highest fourth
innings totals there in that Test
match and to come here now and
just finish an actual game on the
winning side is just a wonderful
Seamer Holder played a pivotal
role in the victory, coming up with
his maiden career Test five-wicket
haul to help bundle Pakistan out
for 208 in their second innings,
and put the Windies in command.
He said the performance was an
inspiring personal achievement.
"Playing cricket for West Indies
is something I always dreamt of
doing and I m here today playing
cricket for West Indies and to be
able to win a Test match---win any
cricket game for West Indies---
means a lot to me personally," he
"But to be a big factor in terms
of contributing to the team win is
obviously a heartening feeling for
me and one which I really, really
take to heart and will go a long
way for me going forward in the
Brathwaite believes the first class
season starting next week in the
Caribbean will be pivotal to the
West Indies continued develop-
ment as a Test side.
The 23-year-old, who earned
Man-of-the-Match honours after
steering the visitors to a five-wicket
victory over Pakistan in the third
and final Test here yesterday, said
that with a break in the Windies
Test schedule, it was important
players returned to the four-day
competition and honed their craft.
"We have a good group of young
guys so it s important for us to keep
working," he told reporters here.
"Obviously we have five months
before the next Test series [but]
we have first class cricket going on
back home when we get back so
it s key for all the guys to go there
and keep working hard.
"The same things you want to
do in the Tests you do there so that
when you come for the next Test
series you will be ready and looking
to win games."
Brathwaite was monumental in
the just concluded game as he
helped West Indies pull off their
first Test win in 19 months and
first on foreign soil in four years.
He carried his bat for a magnif-
icent unbeaten 142 in the first
innings and followed up with 60
not out in the second innings, as
West Indies overhauled a victory
target of 153.
He put on 87 in a match-win-
ning unbroken sixth wicket stand
with fellow Barbadian Shane
Dowrich, who also struck an
The pair pulled the Caribbean
side around from 67 for five late
on the fourth day and then calmly
steered them to 114 for five from
the start on the final morning, eas-
ily collecting the 39 remaining runs.
"Thinking about it (victory) you
got a bit nervous but at the end of
the day I believed that me and
Shane could ve done it," Brathwaite
"We kept talking to each other
and I was confident we could ve
done it so I wasn t that nervous."
He added: "It was a low pitch
so I kept saying [to myself] I want-
ed to be on the front foot more
than the back foot and that s what
I was thinking about throughout
the whole innings. That was my
The victory was the first for West
Indies since they beat England in
Bridgetown last year May and was
also their first of the series after
eight consecutive defeats stretching
back to the Twenty20 and one-
day series last month.
Brathwaite said the success
would be a boost for team morale
but stressed the need for West
Indies to consistently reproduce
the good things they had done in
"It will do a lot for the team.
Obviously the guys are very happy
and we know what we did to win
so I think it is key going forward
that we continue to work towards
that goal and put in the necessary
stuff you have to do to get wins,"
Brathwaite pointed out.
"We ve got to win so we know
what we have to do, we know what
we did and it s important to stay
positive and look to get more wins
in the future." (CMC)
in ODI squad for
Tri Nation series
ST JOHN'S---Miguel Cummins and
Shane Dowrich have been included
in the West Indies 15-man squad for
the one-day-international Tri-
Nation series in Zimbabwe.
Cummins has replaced Alzarri
Joseph while Dowrich takes the place
of Marlon Samuels.
The tour is scheduled for November
12---30. The series will consist of seven
ODIs. West Indies will open series
against Sri Lanka in Harare on
Wednesday, November 16.
WICB sings praises
to significant win
ST JOHN'S---The West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday con-
gratulated the Test Team on its his-
toric five-wicket win over Pakistan
The Board noted that the West
Indies have not beaten Pakistan away
in 26 years and it has been just under
a decade since "we have beaten a team
ranked above us away from home".
It stated that the win had a
number of significant achievements
and said the entire WICB family cel-
ebrates with captain, Jason Holder
and the squad plus the entire man-
agement team on tour.
The release continued: "We salute
the efforts of the entire team; but we
are elated at the efforts of Kraigg
Brathwaite who was not out in both
innings of the third Test, making him
the first to achieve this along with
his four man-of-the-match awards
in Tests. Shane Dowrich must also
be congratulated for his 47 and 60
not out. Captain, Holder was also
outstanding in his five-wicket haul
and Devendra Bishoo for his four
wickets in the first innings and 18
overall in the series.
"This was truly a "TEAM" effort
and we celebrate you, and anticipate
more competitive and winning per-
formances for tournaments to come.
We use this opportunity to say well
done. We offer best wishes to the
one-day-international team against
Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe," said pres-
ident, Dave Cameron.
Cameron also congratulated the
"A" Team s overall performance in Sri
Lanka "which was also inspiring -
the three-nil win in the one day series
and the competitiveness of the four-
day team in the 1-2 loss."
West Indies captain Jason Holder makes a strong leg-before wicket appeal
against Yasir Shah, during his match winning spell in the second innings of
the third Test. PHOTO AFP
Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg
Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter,
Johnson Charles, Miguel Cummins, Shane
Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder
(Captain), Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Sunil Nar-
ine, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell.
Nov 16---Sri Lanka vs West Indies---Harare
Nov 19---Zimbabwe vs West Indies---Bul-
Nov 23---Sri Lanka vs West Indies---Bul-
Nov 25---Zimbabwe vs West Indies---Bul-
SCHEDULE FOR WI
Holder eyeing more Test success
First class season key to WI fortunes says Brathwaite
"We mustn't get
complacent, we have no
reason to be complacent.
One Test victory by all
means is not enough. It's a
situation where we have to
stay hungry and that's
something I really believe
we have in the group."
WEST INDIES CAPTAIN
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