Sheldon Cottrell
Sheldon Cottrell (AFP Photo)

West Indies captain praised the returning Sheldon Cottrell who led them to a series levelling win against England on Friday with a five-wicket haul.

Having missed the series opener which was a run-fest, Cottrell took 5/46 as England were bowled out for 263 in their pursuit of 290 in the second ODI in Barbados.

West Indies thus drew level at 1-1 in the ongoing five-match series.

“You need options in this day and age and Cottrell gave us that extra bit of variation with the ball,” Holder said. “I love his energy. His is one for the future. It’s really good to see so many of these players stepping up.”

With the new ball, Cottrell got rid of England openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy in his first two overs. And when the tourists seemed to have recovered in the chase, Cottrell again left a major dent getting rid of captain Eoin Morgan (70) in the middle overs.

He then completed his fifer with the scalps of allrounder Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.

Holder himself made a major impact through the wickets of Ben Stokes (79), Jos Buttler (34) and Tom Curran (0) as West Indies won by 26 runs.

“It’s good to see the youngsters stepping up. Credit to the batters – they did really well, but we probably could have got some more runs. And they probably can’t hear me, but a special thanks to the crowd as well,” Holder added.

Morgan, the England captain said West Indies deserved to win but his team was guilty of committing mistakes. “We thought 290 was well within our capabilities. We made mistakes and it hurt us. The run-rate was never an issue. West Indies deserved to win. My first time facing him (Cottrell) was a different challenge – (ball) swinging both ways, and he comes back with variations with the older ball,” Morgan said.

The third ODI will be played on Monday in Grenada.