Jason Holder: West Indies looking forward to the English challenge

The West Indies captain says Friday's match will not be just about star names such as Jofra Archer and Chris Gayle, but more.

West Indies is looking forward to the English challenge, says captain Jason Holder.   -  AP

 It may be billed as a clash between Jofra Archer and the Caribbean batting unit, but for the West Indies, Friday’s World Cup clash against England is not just restricted to Archer.

“It's something that has been talked up in the press, in the media, and we are looking forward to the challenge against England. I don't want to limit it to Jofra, but we are looking forward to this game against England,” the West Indies captain, Jason Holder, said in his pre-match media interaction. “I'm not going to get here and just narrow it down to Jofra, Chris Gayle or whoever else. West Indies is playing England tomorrow. West Indies would like to beat England tomorrow,” Holder said.

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Archer, who hails from Barbados, has played his junior-level cricket in the Caribbean and qualified to play for England only last month. And having seen him from close quarters, Holder admitted that he’s not surprised to see Archer come this far.

“I have seen Jofra over the years. He is obviously a Barbadian. He's grown up in Barbados playing cricket so what you see — what I'm seeing of Jofra doesn't surprise me. He is one of those guys who has always had the ability and talent. It is just unfortunate how things went in terms of his decision-making but he is a good talent,” the West Indies captain said.

Andre Russell, who suffered a knee injury, did not feature in West Indies’ last game against South Africa, which was rained out, but Holder admitted that Russell has improved. “He's progressed nicely over the last couple of days. He is just one of those guys where we give him as much time as he possibly needs, so it all boils down to how he wakes up tomorrow morning and feels,” Holder stated.