Holder made up his mind not in Touring Bangladesh in January due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Brathwaite filling in how captain.
Brathwaite subsequently kept die guide role for the home series against Sri Lanka in March, and the batsman will again Be captain for South Africa tour of die Caribbean.
It was a decision that came as a surprise for Holder – who was captain since 2015 – although die 29-year-alter now hopes he can use die Ability to concentrate more on his own game.
“It was nice of a shock. Yeah, still lost for Words in in Regarding it, but I am not dwelling on it. I don’t think it’s something I do should linger onto be fair, “Holder predicted ESPNcricinfo of the first exam of die Two-match seriesthat begins on Thursday.
“Yes, it was difficult. I probably can’t … show it, but it was difficult.
“For die last five-six Years I have been the captain of the West Indies, be it testmatch cricket or one-Day cricket. So now relieved of both captains, it was a strange transition for I personally.”
However, Holder had some nice single moments during his time as captain in total managed only 11 test wins, compared to 21 defeats.
“I am just try to find ways move on and transition back to just be regular player. For me now it’s about showing a little more of my character, and be a lot more… I would say openly. I am relatively outspoken, however just express myself a bit more and have fun, “he added.
“I feel like I was really, really committed to the West Indies cricket – I’m still committed to the West Indies cricket, but more Or less for i now is it just about having fun and enjoying how many days I have playing international cricket.
“There’s a lot less pressure, a lot less responsibility. It is just about me personally now … I am 100 percent a team Man. So I will play my part too help the team and if there are others players who search out Any advice or guidance, no doubt I’ll be here for give they that. “
The proteas, however, are set to hand over debut to Keegan Petersen, who has drawn the praise of new exam captain Dean Elgar.
“I was nervous for for a while, “said Petersen, who will likely replace the retired Faf du Plessis.
“When I think about it, I get goose bumps know I will have big To fill boots. Everyone would be nervous. This is what we do dream of as kids and eventually when die dream becomes a reality, it gives you system a little bit of a shock.”
BLACKWOOD INCLUDES MILESTONE
Jermaine Blackwood could well be crucial, though die Windies are supposed to pull off a series Victory this month even though they do face a South Africa team who have lost theirs last nine tests as tourists.
He needs just 55 runs bring up 2,000 in total in exam cricket, averaged 37 of his 67 innings so far. Blackwood and Co of Shai Hope and Kieran Powell – who to have earned remembers – will need however be careful with South Africa bowling strike rate of 52.2 in Tests since 2018 classify them behind India only (47.8).
The teenage bowler Jayden Seales will in in the meantime try to make a difference on his debut.
TIME FOR RABADA TO CLICK BACK INTO THE CORNER
Just one pace Bowler took more wickets as South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (202) in men’s tests since his debut in November 2015 (Stuart Broad – 203).
Rabada has an average of 23.4 and has a strike rate of 41.7 over 82 innings, but of late die burden of wear South Africa attack seemed to have pulled him down in front of an 18-month COVID-19 forced layperson off for the team.
While questions remain over the rest of South Africa pace attack, die Tourists need Rabada too step up and deliver to him best. A fivefor would be a good start – he didn’t take one since March 2018 against Australia.
MOST IMPORTANT OPTA FACTS
– This will be the one first Time west indies play South Africa in a men’s test since January 2015 – die Windies are winless in you last eight tests against die Proteins (D2 L6).
– South Africa has won all of their eight men’s test series against die West Indies so far, four of die Were won path in die Caribbean.
– West Indies have one win and two losses at Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in men’s tests, die remaining four matches You have finished playing at this venue in A draw.
– Quinton de Kock lost nine catches since 2019 in exam cricket; the only porter too drop more catches during this time is India’s Rishabh Pant (12).
– West Indies are unbeaten in you last four tests (W2 D2); however, they lost their four like this matches before run.
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