New Zealand vs West Indies: It’s time we started delivering, says Jason Holder after WI lose 1st Test

West Indies were bundled out for 138 and 247 in reply to New Zealand’s 519 for 7 declared at Seddon Park as the hosts won by an innings and 134 runs in Hamilton on Sunday.

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  • NZ (519/7d) beat West Indies (138 & 247) by an innings and 134 runs in 1st Test
  • Kane Williamson was adjudged Player of the Match for his 251 in New Zealand 1st innings
  • “Our batting wasn’t good enough in both innings,” Holder said after WI’s loss

West Indies captain Jason Holder was left fuming with his team’s performance after their heavy defeat in the 1st Test against New Zealand in Hamilton on Sunday. Holder pulled few punches after his side suffered a humiliating innings and 134-run defeat to New Zealand before lunch on the fourth day of the match.

West Indies top five combined for 100 runs across both innings, four fewer than what number six Jermaine Blackwood scored in the second innings alone, as the visitors were bundled out for 138 and 247 at Seddon Park.

“Our batting wasn’t good enough in both innings,” Holder said before giving credit to Blackwood and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph for a rearguard 155-run partnership that ensured the visitors were not bowled out twice in one day.

“Credit to Jermaine and Alzarri to bring some respectability to our batting but quite frankly our top order needs to stand up.”

Holder added while the bowlers had challenged New Zealand’s batsmen on the first day and Blackwood and Joseph had fought well in the second innings, serious questions needed to be asked before the second test in Wellington starting on Friday.

“I think it’s time we started delivering and stopped talking. We have talked and promised a lot,” Holder said.

“But now it’s a matter to all look at ourselves in the mirror and understand that we need to fight harder. We have just got to turn it around. Only we can do that.”

The second test in the two-match series starts at the Basin Reserve. Holder said it was likely that fast bowler Kemar Roach would return home after his father died shortly before the first test started.

Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich would also need to have his finger injury assessed after he did not bat in either innings in Hamilton, Holder said.

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