Windies captain Jason Holder reacts after ripping through England in first Test

West Indies captain Jason Holder took six wickets and claimed career-best figures as the tourists bowled England out cheaply on day two of the first Test.

Holder – the number one all-rounder in Test cricket – dismissed Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, finished with fantastic figures of 6-42.

Shannon Gabriel took the other four wickets as England were bowled out for 204 having won the toss and elected to bat, with stand-in captain Stokes top-scoring with 43.

Windies had reached 57-1 – James Anderson marked his return to the side with his 585th Test wicket – before bad light forced an early finish to day two.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Holder said: ‘It felt good. I still felt really good leading up to the first Test. I was able to get a nice rhythm, and get some wickets.

‘The ankle is a little store, a little stiff, but nothing I didn’t expect. I need to stay on top of my pre-hab work and recovery.

‘My patience has definitely increased. Before I was trying to bowl too many deliveries in one spell.

‘I look at consistency, and patience was one of the things I was lacking. Using the crease is something I strive to do – and using the angles at the point of delivery. When you’re not as quick as some people, you’ve got to be skilful.’

Starting the day on 35-1, England added just 13 runs this morning before they lost their second wicket, with Joe Denly bowled by Gabriel.

The impressive Gabriel struck in his next over – with Burns the man dismissed LBW after a DRS review – as England slipped to 51-3.

Crawley, batting at four having opened for the team in South Africa last winter, made just ten before becoming Holder’s first victim.

Holder nicked off Pope soon after and then broke a partnership between Stokes and Buttler that was beginning to look promising for the hosts, who were still someway short of what was considered a competition first-innings score.

The Windies skipper dismissed Buttler and Jofra Archer in successive overs and Mark Wood later in his spell, before Gabriel bowled James Anderson, leaving Dom Bess stranded on 31 not out.

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