‘Long, hard talk’ behind West Indies’ turnaround: Jason Holder
Jason Holder leads the celebrations after West Indies's series win. © AFP

Jason Holder has revealed how a “long, hard talk” in the dressing room spurred West Indies on to rare and famous Test series win over England.

After going up 1-0 with a 381-run win in Barbados last week, West Indies sealed the series with a game to spare when they surged to a ten-wicket victory in Antigua Sunday. Speaking to reporters at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Holder said that losing their last four Tests of 2018, each within three days to India and Bangladesh respectively, has forced him to speak to the players to renew their drive. (READ MORE: Holder, Roach lead West Indies to crushing win over England)

“We are hungry for success. This group has been together for a year and half, two years and we have been doing some exceptional things,” said the 27-year-old. “The way we ended last year was a bit daunting, a bit disappointing, everybody wanted to turn things around so credit to the boys for the way they fought back.

“The guys had a long hard talk in the dressing room and it was something that was really needed to get some honesty in the dressing room. Credit to each and every individual and the management staff.” (FULL SCORECARD: WEST INDIES vs ENGLAND, 2nd TEST)

This win is West Indies’ third in 16 Tests under Holder.

Holder, ranked No 1 in the ICC table for Test allrounders, followed his Man-of-the-Match effort at Kensington Oval with five wickets at North Sound, of which four came on day day four England were bowled out for 132.

“It’s been an up-and-down journey and one I have thoroughly enjoyed,” he said. “It’s been challenging and I am not one to shy away from challenges. I am really proud of myself for the way I have stuck it through. I’ve been through some very tough days. Credit to my team-mates for helping me get through it. I can’t be here without them. They deserve all the credit and hopefully we can stay together in the years to come.”

The third and final Test is at Gros Islet from February 9.