Jason Holder is a legend: Roston Chase
Roston Chase with West Indies captain Jason Holder after the win. (AFP Image)

Fresh from his defining eight-wicket haul which left England gasping and took West Indies to a 381-run win in the first Test at Bridgetown, Roston Chase lauded captain and “friend” Jason Holder for his relentless efforts to keep going and never give up. Holder scored a brilliant unbeaten 202 from the N. 8 position that helped West Indies set England a target of 628 to win, after which Chase bamboozled the No. 2 Test side in the world, bowling them out for 246 to secure a heavy victory and go 1-0 up.

“Jason is a legend in my eyes, a long-time friend, I believe in him and he believes in himself on the field,” Chase said. “Could have been no greater feeling than to see him do that double-hundred yesterday. I thought he was going to give it away for a bit, but he really showed the true character that he is, so I’m really happy for him and for my friend Shane Dowrich, who came through for the team.”

Rory Burns was the top scorer for England with 84 before Chase bowled the opener for his first wicket. With Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel removing fellow opener Keaton Jennings and Jonny Bairstow respectively, Chase ran through the final seven wickets to finish with career-best figures of 8 for 60.

“Looking at the wicket, I always thought I would come into play in the second innings,” he said. “The quicks set it up for us in the first innings and Mushy told me I’m going to have to bowl 25 overs in the second innings, to get my mind ready for it, so I was always prepared to do some work, to give the pacers a rest. I started to pick up some wickets and it went from there.

“I just tried to be consistent and land it my areas, despite what the batsmen were doing, put some revs on the ball and vary my pace a bit.”

Chase reckons the win serves as a huge boost for West Indies, who had a troubled 2018, enduring whitewashes in their previous two Test series against India and Bangladesh. Holder stressed on how it s important for the Windies to not lose focus and carry forward the winning momentum to Antigua. Chase had pretty much the same belief.

“It gives us big confidence for the series, because England are a higher-ranked team than ourselves,” he said. “For us to carry on from here, don’t get too big headed, continue to do what we do well, the basics and focus on our processes, we should be all right.”