West Indies captain Jason Holder calls on teammates


It was an emotional moment as Ian Botham, who had never been below No 2 in the Test wicket-takers list from England since 1984, watched Stuart Broad overtake him with a delivery that is typical of what the World has seen from this tall fast bowler.

West Indies captain Jason Holder has called on each of his teammates to look themselves in the mirror and see where they can improve in the aftermath of the crushing defeat in the opening Test of the three-match series against England.

"Our system of producing cricketers allows us to compete at that level rather than the longer formats of the game, where the inadequacies of our system is really highlighted", added Grave, who made his name in cricket administration with London-based county Surrey and England s Professional Cricketers Association. I'm still confident that I can play Test cricket for England and do a good job'.

"I was with the team for two years as bowling coach and we tried to educate them about our heritage". Losing one Test doesn't mean they are out of the series.

The Windies won that final by five wickets and it marked the first time they ever won the trophy - having only reached the semis when Brian Lara and Jimmy Adams were just two promising teenagers in 1988.

"I will be politely suggesting that I will have sufficient rest in September and October to be available for the next two Tests against West Indies", said Broad.

"This winter is hugely exciting".

Chris Broad, now an International Cricket Council match referee, was delighted by his son's latest landmark display. "I'm loving the energy around this team, I'm loving being part of it".

"It was a great atmosphere running in, and I just said, "Right, just try and hit the stumps".

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Sadly for him and the West Indies, none of his team-mates could demonstrate his skill or ability to stick it out against James Anderson and Co.

"I have a lot of cricket left in me", he said.

Making the pink ball game look easy, Alastair Cook scored a fourth double-century and passed 11,500 career runs in England's innings.

Incidentally, Broad's strike rate is identical to Botham's, 56.9.

Despite his advancing years, Anderson's form this summer has been stunning, following up his 20 wickets at 14.10 during England's 3-1 series win against South Africa with another five at Edgbaston.

"I could tell he was genuinely proud and delighted that I'd managed to go past him, and that's testament to him".

Johnny Grave, an Englishman who was formerly the commercial director of the UK-based Professional Cricketers Association, was chosen to guide West Indian cricket into a fearless new future after being appointed CEO of the board in January.

It left England needing just two wickets for an inevitable victory, with Anderson and Roland-Jones returning to polish things off as Root's side stamped their authority on the three-match series.