TEST LEGACY

West Indies' captain Jason Holder celebrates the dismissal of England's captain Joe Root during day two of the first cricket Test match at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.
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West Indies Test Captain, Jason Holder wants to leave a legacy of being one of the greats in the longest format, but is cognizant of the need to sustain very high standards if he is to achieve that goal, he told Talksport’s Cricket Collective during an interview in Barbados recently.

The 28-year-old has already become one of the contemporary faces of the Test format, and is currently the number one all-rounder in the International Cricket Council rankings.

And though pointing out he enjoyed all three formats, Holder said he placed considerable emphasis on Test cricket, which remained the measure of all cricketers.

Holder shot to stardom last year when he struck a monumental unbeaten 202 to propel West Indies to a crushing victory over England in the opening Test at Kensington Oval, Barbados last January.

Rest of the World XI’s Brian Lara in action during a game against Help for Heroes XI in the Cricket for Heroes T20 Charity Match at The Kia Oval on Sept. 2015.  Action Images / Paul Childs

In reaching triple figures for the third time in his career, Holder became the first West Indies number eight to score a double century in Tests and the first West Indies captain since Brian Lara in 2004, to score a double century against England.

Only the previous year, fast bowler Holder had captured 33 wickets at an average of 12.39- the best average in a calendar for nearly a century. He currently averages 32 with the bat from 40 Tests and 26 with the ball.

Though Holder averaged 49 with the bat and took 20 wickets at 17 apiece in Tests last year, he believes there was still much improvement needed.

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