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Under fire West Indies skipper Jason Holder has ruled out giving up on captaincy due to the side’s poor form in whites. Holder wants to leave a mark when he hands over the reins to someone else, but won’t shy away from responsibilities till then. West Indies current Test side, touring England, faced heavy criticism after their massive innings defeat against hosts in the series opener of the three-Test series at Edgbaston. Many have termed the series as ‘total mismatch’ since West Indies’ last Test series victory came against Bangladesh in 2014.

Speaking on the side’s dismal performances, Holder stated, “It’s not easy. We haven’t had the best results over the last few years but I enjoy it. I don’t shy away from it and I don’t think I’d ever give it up. There might be a situation where people want to move on from me but I can’t control that. The one thing I can control is trying to get the best out of each and every individual in the dressing room and I try my best to do that. One thing I’ve said to myself is that when I leave here just leave some kind of mark on it. So far the guys have been quite receptive and helped me out tremendously. It is a young group, we’re trying to learn as fast as we possibly can under the circumstances we’re faced with”, added the 25-year-old.

The aftermath of Edgbaston defeat resulted in Curtly Ambrose severely slamming the side. He termed a “pathetic” Test team. Michael Vaughan, former England captain, also expressed his disappointment of witnessing a one-sided contest in the first-ever day-night Test in England. There have also been talks for a two-divisional Test structure wherein teams such as West Indies can play against opponents of similar quality and stature.

On the criticism faced, Holder said, “I don’t really hear it. I can’t change it or control so it’s a waste of time worrying about it. We’ve taken a fair bit of criticism from West Indians and English and everybody else to be honest. That’s something that inspires or motivates some people and it breaks some people. But for us we’ve got to stay together as a side for people who might not necessarily be able to handle it. For the people it motivates that must drive them to get the best out of themselves.”

West Indies would be hoping for a much-better performance in the second Test versus England at Headingley (August 25).