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'WI must use Headingley victory as learning moment'

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Jason Holder

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):

As phenomenal an achievement as the recent Test victory at Headingley was, West Indies captain Jason Holder says the regional side will not be dwelling on it, as they seek to make even bigger strides in coming series.

Last August, West Indies arrived in Leeds following an innings defeat inside three days in Nottingham and produced a magnificent performance to thrash England by five wickets, after chasing down 322 on an epic final day.

However, with West Indies about to engage Zimbabwe in a two-Test series in Bulawayo, Holder said it was more important to learn from the Headingley experience than dwell on it.

"Personally, I have the mentality to keep moving forward. What's gone in the past is gone," he told CMC Sports on Monday just before the squad's departure.

"We've had bad games before and we have tried to put them behind us, so I don't see why when we have good games we should really hold on to them too long.

 

ENJOY THE WIN

 

"I think we should enjoy it (the win) in the moment, probably not forget about it, but we should, most importantly, learn from it, but I don't think we should sit down and toil on it too much."

Several players enter the series with big reputations. Shai Hope stroked hundreds in both innings at Headingley, Roston Chase scored heavily in the series against Pakistan earlier in the year, while seamer Kemar Roach made an impressive return to international cricket following an extended break with 11 wickets against England.

West Indies face Zimbabwe A in a three-day tour match starting Sunday, their only warm-up game before the first Test bowls off October 21.