We still have a long way to go: Jason Holder
West Indies captain Jason Holder was all smiles after the win. (AFP Image)

West Indies captain Jason Holder was pleased with the team’s all-round show against England that gave them a huge 381-run win but insisted that it’s important for the team to not get carried away and carry the winning momentum forward in the next Test in Antigua.

West Indies had a rather ordinary year where barring a series win against Bangladesh at home, the overall result was disheartening. They lost 0-2 to India followed by another 0-2 sweep at the hands of Bangladesh during the return leg. Starting the year with a win as convincing as the one in Bridgetown was quite satisfying but this is just the first stop towards achieving consistency, reckoned Holder.

“We still have a long way to go. I think we ticked a few boxes in this Test match. It’s about turning up in Antigua and doing the same,” the West Indies skipper said during the presentation ceremony. “One Test match doesn’t make a summer. We’ve got two Test matches to go and have to make sure we close out the series.”

As delightful as the win was, the Test was equally significant for Holder personally. The allrounder struck an unbeaten 202, becoming only the third man batting at No. 8 or lower to score a Test double-ton. In front of his home crowd, Holder went on to pick two wickets and claim three catches to be names Player of the Match.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been playing Test cricket and it’s really good to come back in the game like this. I put a lot of hard work in just to get back to full fitness,” Holder said. “It’s difficult to explain. A bit of emotion getting out. I’ve had a lot bottle up for a long time and I had the moment there to express myself a little bit. It’s really pleasing to know I can bat a whole sessions.”