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West Indies skipper Jason Holder hails Denesh Ramdin

Holder praised Denesh Ramdin on Thursday after the resurgent wicketkeeper-batsman helped the tourists leave Australia with some pride intact.

AFP |January 8, 2016, 8:40 AM IST
West Indies skipper Jason Holder hails Denesh Ramdin

West Indies captain Jason Holder praised Denesh Ramdin on Thursday after the resurgent wicketkeeper-batsman helped the tourists leave Australia with some pride intact.

Ramdin's 62 in the rain-affected final Test followed 59 in his previous innings and reflected a rekindling of form for both the player and his team.

His performance in the drawn Sydney Test helped the West Indies compile 330, their highest score of a series which earlier saw big defeats in Hobart and Melbourne.

"Massive credit to the way Denesh played. He struggled in the last series and the one before that, he was struggling for some confidence in this tour," Holder told reporters.

"He really turned around things, especially from Melbourne, it was just tremendous and I commend him for it.

"It was just unfortunate he didn’t carry on to get 100 today because I thought Kemar Roach was supporting him really well.

"And credit to the way Darren Bravo played in this series as well, as with Kraigg Brathwaite. We just showed signs that once we apply ourselves as batsmen we can make runs against good opposition."

Holder said the West Indies had drawn confidence from their batting, although their bowling still needed work after David Warner hit an 82-ball century on his way to 122 not out on the final day.

The Caribbeans had a rocky start to their tour and they were trounced by an innings and 212 runs inside three days in Hobart, before losing by 177 runs in Melbourne.

But they passed 300 for the first time in nine innings against Australia in the Sydney Test, which had two days rained off and fizzled out in a draw on Thursday.

Holder said he saw positives for his much-maligned Windies team, who have yet to win a Test in Australia since 1997.

"We can take quite a few positives from it," Holder said. "We didn’t start really well from Brisbane, with the first tour game that we had, but we really improved as time went on."

He added: "The batting was a major positive for us. We obviously need to tighten up a lot more on our bowling department."

One disappointment was the form of senior batsman Marlon Samuels, who finished the Test series with a total of 35 in five innings, leaving his Test future up in the air.

"He obviously did not have the best series here but we still have faith in him," Holder said.

"He’s been one of our leading batsmen the last couple of years. We have some first-class cricket going on back home at the moment and I guess he will go back home and play that. And I guess the rest is down to Marlon."

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