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Holder hails Gabriel
despite batting error
ROSEAU---Captain Jason Hold-
er has sprung to the defence of
Shannon Gabriel, whose late rush
of blood resulted in a series defeat
to Pakistan on the final day of the
decisive third Test on Sunday.
With West Indies battling to save the
match late in the evening, number 11
Gabriel survived just over half hour at
the crease in a last wicket stand with
century-maker Roston Chase, to frus-
trate the Pakistanis.
But with just one ball left to negoti-
ate in the penultimate over of the day,
Gabriel suffered a rush of blood, missed
a swipe at leg-spinner Yasir Shah and
was bowled for four, to hand the hosts
a 101-run loss and a 2-1 defeat in the
"We've just got to give him encour-
agement. Up until then, he was doing
an outstanding job, he's done an out-
standing job for us in this entire series,"
Holder told reporters.
"He's bowled his heart out. He's
gotten a match-winning haul for us
in Barbados (second Test), he bowled
his heart out in Jamaica (first Test), he
bowled his heart out here in Dominica."
He continued: "A lot of people don't
know where Shannon came from.
Shannon started cricket quite late and
to see the progress he's made. I've been
able to be with him in the HPC (High
Performance Centre) and coming into
international cricket, Shannon has
made tremendous strides.
"So when you give him the captaincy,
he has to worry about his cricket, plus
the cricket of the other 11 players with
him". said Roberts, of Holder (pictured)
"So I am still very, very proud of him
and that's something that I will let him
know in the dressing room. We make
mistakes and hopefully he can learn
from it and move forward."
Prior to Gabriel's indiscretion, Man-
of-the-Match Roston Chase seemed
poised to get again pull off a remark-
able draw for West Indies with a superb
He arrived at the crease inside the
first hour of the day and proceeded to
defy Pakistan in a knock lasting 239
balls and a shade over six hours. He
counted 12 fours and a six.
The knock was his second hundred
of the series and third in the series,
and earned him Man-of-the-Match
Holder said neither Gabriel's mis-
take nor the defeat should be allowed to
overshadow Chase's magnificent effort.
"I have full confidence in Shannon.
Shannon has a pretty good defence. I
guess at that stage a lot of things come
in your mind and at the end of the day
it got the better of him I guess," the
"Credit must go to Roston Chase
though, I thought the way he played
was outstanding, not only in this Test
match but in the Test series. He's led
from the front, showed character,
showed a lot of guts, showed class --
something I have not seen in West In-
dies cricket for a little while."
The victory for Pakistan saw them
clinch their maiden series win in the
Caribbean since the two teams first met
59 years ago.
For West Indies it was their second
series loss to Pakistan in seven months
and their sixth straight series defeat
overall. They have now lost 13 of their
last 20 Tests.
Holder said in spite of the latest de-
feat, however, the side had continued
to show signs of improvement.
"It's a tough pill to swallow obviously
coming so close and at the end just fal-
tering but I'm still proud at the way the
guys played the series," he said.
"The guys showed a lot of promise
and a lot of fight, we got hundreds, we
got five-wicket hauls, we got Man-
of-the-Match performances as well
so there's still a lot of positives to take
away from this series. I just urge the
guys to keep going in this same direc-
"One thing that sticks out for me is
the fact is the fight -- we've showed tre-
mendous fight throughout this entire
series. I guess in the first Test match we
were probably out-played but definitely
in Barbados and here in Dominica we
showed a lot of fight."
CRICKET TALK: West Indies captain Jason Holder, centre, chats with teammates
Shane Dowrich, left, and Roston Chase during the final day of the third and final
Test match against Pakistan at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica on Sunday.
PHOTO BY WICB MEDIA/RANDY BROOKS OF BROOKS LATOUCHE PHOTOGRAPHY
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