Jason Holder has blunt say on West Indian players prioritising Franchise cricket over International Cricket

In a candid revelation, West Indies’ veteran all-rounder Jason Holder has shared his renewed passion for Test cricket, spurred by the team’s historic victory at the Gabba. After turning down a central contract and skipping the tour of England to participate in the International League T20, Holder now finds himself eager to don the Test whites once again.

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Holder’s return to the Test fold comes ahead of West Indies’ challenging tour of England. Reflecting on his decision, Holder admitted he missed the longer format. “I missed Test cricket. This is my first Test match in a long time, so I’m looking forward to it,” Holder said, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. He emphasized that the Gabba win, West Indies’ first on Australian soil since 1988, gave him “renewed energy” and the motivation to rejoin the team. “It gave me a renewed energy to come back to the group and try to be a part of something special again,” he added.

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Despite his enthusiasm, Holder remains pragmatic about the broader issue of players choosing franchise leagues over Test cricket. “It’s not my job to find a solution,” he stated bluntly. “This is where the game is moving, each and every person has their own personal decision to make.”

Holder’s return coincides with a period of optimism for West Indies cricket. The team is still in contention for the World Test Championship 2023-25, and the infusion of young talent has brought new hope. “The guys took a lot from that Test victory in Australia. We’ve been doing some really positive things over the last couple of months,” Holder remarked. He believes the young squad has the potential to achieve significant victories, including against Ben Stokes’ formidable England team. “It’s time for someone to break the shackles, and there’s no better time for us to come here and beat England,” he asserted.

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The 32-year-old all-rounder also highlighted the special talent within the team. “What we have in the dressing room is some special talent, no doubt about it. It’s just a matter for us to play some solid cricket and for them to believe,” he noted.

Holder’s last appearance in Test cricket was in July 2023, where he made modest contributions with both bat and ball. Now, with a renewed sense of purpose, he is eager to help West Indies achieve new heights in the Test arena. “I’m just happy that I’ve been able to still get the body up and going and being up for the challenge here,” Holder said, looking ahead to the upcoming series.

As West Indies gear up for the challenge against England, Holder’s experience and enthusiasm will undoubtedly be crucial. His return to the Test side not only brings stability but also adds a wealth of knowledge and leadership to a young, promising team.

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In a candid revelation, West Indies' veteran all-rounder Jason Holder has shared his renewed passion for Test cricket, spurred by the team's historic victory at the Gabba. After turning down a central contract and skipping the tour of England to participate in the International League T20, Holder now finds himself eager to don the Test whites once again.

Holder's return to the Test fold comes ahead of West Indies' challenging tour of England. Reflecting on his decision, Holder admitted he missed the longer format. "I missed Test cricket. This is my first Test match in a long time, so I'm looking forward to it," Holder said, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. He emphasized that the Gabba win, West Indies' first on Australian soil since 1988, gave him "renewed energy" and the motivation to rejoin the team. "It gave me a renewed energy to come back to the group and try to be a part of something special again," he added.

Holder said

Despite his enthusiasm, Holder remains pragmatic about the broader issue of players choosing franchise leagues over Test cricket. "It's not my job to find a solution," he stated bluntly. "This is where the game is moving, each and every person has their own personal decision to make."

Holder's return coincides with a period of optimism for West Indies cricket. The team is still in contention for the World Test Championship 2023-25, and the infusion of young talent has brought new hope. "The guys took a lot from that Test victory in Australia. We've been doing some really positive things over the last couple of months," Holder remarked. He believes the young squad has the potential to achieve significant victories, including against Ben Stokes' formidable England team. "It's time for someone to break the shackles, and there's no better time for us to come here and beat England," he asserted.

The 32-year-old all-rounder also highlighted the special talent within the team. "What we have in the dressing room is some special talent, no doubt about it. It's just a matter for us to play some solid cricket and for them to believe," he noted.

Holder's last appearance in Test cricket was in July 2023, where he made modest contributions with both bat and ball. Now, with a renewed sense of purpose, he is eager to help West Indies achieve new heights in the Test arena. "I'm just happy that I've been able to still get the body up and going and being up for the challenge here," Holder said, looking ahead to the upcoming series.

As West Indies gear up for the challenge against England, Holder's experience and enthusiasm will undoubtedly be crucial. His return to the Test side not only brings stability but also adds a wealth of knowledge and leadership to a young, promising team.

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