Holder hoping to target Proteas’ batting
GROS ISLET – Former captain Jason Holder is hoping West Indies can exploit a South Africa in transition when the two teams meet in the two-Test rubber starting here Thursday, and believes runs will be key if the home side are to notch their first series win over the tourists in nearly three decades.
The Proteas are currently going through a rebuilding phase, having lost the likes of veteran batsmen A.B. de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Faf Du Plessis all to retirement, along with pace spearhead Dale Steyn, who has also quit the longest format.
Holder said the loss of the experienced trio had resulted in a “big hole” in South Africa’s batting line-up, leaving the series to be determined by which team produced the superior batting effort.
“I think it will be a hard-fought series,” said Holder, the top-ranked all-rounder in Tests. (CMC)
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