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Holding on to Hope

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Holding on to Hope

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West Indies skipper Jason Holder has thrown his full support behind top-order batsman Shai Hope ahead of the final Test in the historic bio-secure series which starts today against England at the Emirates, Old Trafford.

Hope has been the subject of criticism following a poor run of form at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and the second Test when he failed to impress with the bat.

The 26-year-old right-hander has a Test average of 26.35, accumulating only 57 runs in four innings and is yet to score a century since his two tons against England at Headingley in 2017.

And while former Windies fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose called for Hope to be dropped and head coach Phil Simmons said he was concerned about his form, Holder is backing his fellow Barbadian to produce in the series decider as the Caribbean side seeks to retain the Wisden Trophy with a 2-1 victory. (AGB)

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