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Hadlee hails Holder

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Jason Holder

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, CMC:

Fast-bowling great Sir Richard Hadlee has given Jason Holder a ringing endorsement, saying he is impressed with the cricketing skills and leadership of the young West Indies captain.

The former New Zealand fast bowler was speaking to a packed media conference at the Basin Reserve yesterday.

Together with West Indies bowling great Sir Curtly Ambrose, he was previewing the all-important World Cup quarter-final between the New Zealanders and the Windies scheduled for the Wellington Regional Stadium tomorrow (tonight Jamaica time).

"I like the look of the captain, Jason Holder; he seems very calm for someone so young and someone carrying so much responsibility," said Sir Richard.

"He has formed a good new ball partnership with Jerome Taylor, and I also like the look of him as well. They give the West Indies attack something to work with at the top."

Sir Curtly also lauded the work of Holder and Taylor with the new ball, and backed the Windies to turn the tables on the unbeaten Black Caps.

"The combination of Taylor and Holder is working pretty well for us at the moment," said Sir Curtly, the Windies bowling coach.

Taylor has taken 14 wickets at the World Cup at 18.35 apiece to be the West Indies leading bowler.