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'Tough transitioning from captain to player' – Jason Holder

Tough transitioning from captain to player' – Jason Holder
west Indies Test captain Jason Holder confessed that his transition from ODI captain to "just a player" has not been smooth.

Holder was replaced by Kieron Pollard as the white-ball

The 28-year-old said that playing a lot of Test and ODI cricket has taken a toll on him both mentally and physically and a break from leadership will allow him to recharge his batteries.

"I felt I needed the break after the India series [in December] particularly, just to refresh,"he said. "I had played every single series in the entire year [in 2019], I played county cricket as well, and my batteries needed a little bit of a recharge.

"Obviously, I needed some time to go and think about how I wanted to go forward as a player and try to work out again how just to be a player as opposed to being the captain."

captain last September, and he admitted adjusting to the new demands was tricky. "To be quite honest, it has been tough transitioning back just as a player,"


England are also looking at selecting two separate teams for white-ball and red-ball cricket to play at the same time to make up for the lost days.

"We've certainly looked at playing two formats around the same time; you could have a Test match running and play a T20 or ODI the day before or day after a Test," Giles said. "There will obviously come a point where you can't do that anymore. You can't overlay them - you can't play two games on the same day - so at some point international cricket is going to drop off.

"I'm still hopeful right now we won't get to that point. We've got to remain with that positive mindset we can do it and that we'll get some cricket in."

With more than 150 international wickets across formats, Holder is one of West Indies' best fast bowlers in recent times. The paceman is confident in his ability to bounce back and adapt to the changing scenario.

England have postponed their cricket season until 28 May and are currently in the middle of a discussion with other international boards regarding their upcoming fixtures. They are slated to play West Indies in a three-Test series beginning in early June, with further series against Australia, Pakistan and Ireland scheduled later in the year.

"I'm positive that we'll get some cricket in later in the summer," said Giles. "We're looking at all scenarios, with a focus on protecting some of our bigger

The former spinner also suggested that England could play an intra-squad match, similar to the one Australia played before last year’s Ashes, that will serve as a warm-up after the long cricket break when the season gets underway.

"Certainly we'd need to play a couple of warm-up games; I think that [intra-squad game] would be a decent idea and a decent way around the problem more broadly. I think we could do that.

"Believe me, we will do whatever we can – as long as our people are safe – to get out there and play cricket."



games – Test matches, one-day internationals, T20Is – and perhaps pushing those matches back as far as possible without losing any cricket.

"That is possible and I think we have to hang on to the hope that we will get out there and we will play; whether that's behind closed doors or in front of full houses, none of us quite know."

"I don't think it's long before you see me getting back to my normal self. I'm very, very confident. I don't think it's a question of my ability. I know my ability. It's just performing and producing.

"As I said the structure and dynamics have changed and based on how things have gone, it is little to no time going in to bat. So I just have got to find ways to cope and produce in the short stints of batting at the international stage. I will work it out. I am confident it will all fall back into place."

 he told the Cricket Collective podcast on TalkSPORT. "In hindsight, it has been tough trying to understand how to get back in as just a player."

Holder admitted that he has not been a consistent performer over the past year. He took eight wickets in eight innings in the 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. But since then has picked up just seven wickets in 10 ODI innings at an average of 69.85 and a strike-rate of 75.4.

"Performances obviously haven't been there as I would've probably liked, but I'm not too disheartened," he said. "I don't beat myself up. I don't get too worried because I know my ability. I know what I can produce. I just know that an innings is around the corner, a bowling effort is around the corner."


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