Jason Holder confirms return for first Test versus England
Jason Holder interacts with fans at Kensington Oval. © windiescricket.com

Jason Holder has announced his return for West Indies this month when they meet England in the first of three Tests, which comes as a big boost for the hosts ahead of a big series.

Holder missed West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh late last year, after he sustained a shoulder injury in India. He returned to competitive cricket last week, playing for Barbados in a first-class match in which had figures of 17-5-47-1 and scored 44 and 1.

“I’m feeling strong again and I’m looking forward to playing against England here at home,” Holder told reporters Saturday.  “I had a full month on rehab and my body is feeling great. I played the last four-day match for Barbados against Guyana and it managed to get through that game quite well. I will be fully ready for the first Test.” (ALSO READEngland’s ‘biggest year in a generation’ starts with West Indies Test)

Holder ended 2018 at 10th place in the ICC Test bowling rankings and second in the Test allrounder table, having taken 33 wickets at 12.39 to go with 336 runs at an average of 37.33 last year.

West Indies host England for three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is. The series gets underway at Bridgetown on January 23, with the touring team playing a couple of two-day warm-up matches against a West Indies Board XI.