Jason Holder © AFP
Jason Holder © AFP

West Indies are all set to host their maiden day-night Test, at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. The home side have defeated Pakistan and England at the same venue in recent past. Jason Holder talked to the media on the eve of the Test, on June 22: ”The pitch is very truly Caribbean … The last two pitches here in Kensington Oval in Test matches deteriorated quite quickly. This pitch seems to have a lot more grass cover on it, it should be a really good Test match. The ground looks in pretty good shape, the best I’ve seen in a long time.”

On the previous two occasions, the home side came for behind after conceding first innings lead to win. In the ongoing Test series as well they lead by 1-0. However, Holder wants players to perform with more consistency: ”I try to get the guys to focus on the process, we’ve got to know what we need to do in order to win a Test match. We’ve got to do small things over a long period of time, our bowlers have got to be a lot more consistent, our batsmen convert most of the starts we’ve been getting. I think the guys are really up for the occasion and everybody knows what’s at stake.

“We’re playing some really good cricket in the series. Individual performances have really stood out, and we really came together as a side. The first Test match was obviously exceptional, probably we were not at our best in our last Test match in St Lucia.”

Sri Lanka have faced a huge blow ahead of the Test with the suspension of Dinesh Chandimal. who was suspended for ball-tampering. Suranga Lakmal has been appointed as the new Sri Lankan captain for the final Test.