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A FORMER England captain and Test cricket’s second highest wicket-taker have joined a chorus of criticism over a one-match suspension imposed on West Indies captain Jason Holder.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday confirmed Holder’s suspension and a 40 per cent fine on his match fee after West Indies were found to have maintained a slow over rate during a crushing ten-wicket victory inside three days in the second Test in Antigua.

The suspension, imposed by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe,  after West Indies were ruled to be two overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration, has irked former England captain Michael Vaughan and former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne.

In a post on Twitter, Warne, who took 708 wickets in 145 Tests during in an illustrious career, urged Holder to appeal the decision.

“The Test didn’t go three days.  Can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98! What a ridiculous decision. Where’s the common sense here?

“P.S. Congrats on a wonderful series win too.

“International cricket needs a strong Windies team and hopefully this is just the start,” Warne wrote.

After Holder responded by saying “thank you”, Warne offered further support in another tweet. (HG)

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