ODI test for Holder
DURBAN, South Africa (CMC):
West Indies, boosted by a 2-1 victory over South Africa in the T20 International series, play the Proteas in the first of a five-match One Day International (ODI) series at Kingsmead this afternoon.
Rookie fast bowler and new captain Jason Holder is leading a team going after their first ODI win on South African soil in 11 years.
The Caribbean men have not won an ODI in South Africa since February 2004, losing their last six in succession, including all five in Shaun Pollock's retirement series in 2008.
Holder, 23, says he is confident and fully prepared to lead in his first taste of captaincy at the international level.
"I would not say it's a hard task. Obviously, we know the South African team is a very good team. They are ranked highly and are above us," said Holder.
"I see it more as a challenge and I am one to embrace challenges, and I think the team sees it the same way and we are going to put up our best fight, and we are looking to compete and win the series."
The young Barbadian has replaced Dwayne Bravo as ODI captain at a crucial time for West Indies cricket amid controversy over player selection as well as ahead of the World Cup.
"It's a tough job he is coming into ... captain of West Indies in the one-day team ... its always going to be difficult ... . I will always give good advice where necessary but I would let him be him be his own man, his own captain," said Darren Sammy, the former ODI captain.
West Indies are playing South Africa in their first ODIs series since their most recent ODI outing on tour of India was abandoned under controversial circumstances and stemming from a pay dispute involving the players, WICB, and the players' union.
First ball in the day/night match at Kingsmead is 1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time or 6:30 a.m. Jamaica time).