Jason Holder breaks Brian Lara Test Captaincy Record
The West Indies victory over England at Southampton has now put Jason Holder in third place with 11 victories from his 33 tests as West Indies captain. With this victory, Jason Holder breaks the Brian Lara test captaincy record, who had won 10 of the 47 test matches he captained.
The victory was also the first time in 20 years that the West Indies had won the Series Opening Test on English soil. It was also a remarkable feat for the all-rounder who received the captaincy at a very young age and had to endure severe losses towards the beginning of his tenure. However, Holder never gave up and is now watching a crop of young people emerge as they fight the maximum opposition.
The other great achievement for this West Indies team was keeping a great chase record intact. Chasing 200 runs for victory at Southampton, this was the 61st time they chased 200 or fewer in the fourth inning and had never lost a game before. The victory keeps that record intact as they have now won 55 times and tied 6 times while chasing 200 or less.
The West Indies team, from the start of sports, boasted of one of the best players in the world. Given their dominance in the 1980s, the two men who led them in this successful period have the best captaincy record.
Clive Lloyd won 36 games and lost 12 of the 74 tests the Windies captained and remains the most successful captain in terms of games won. Vivian Richards, who won 27 and lost 8 of the 50 tests he captained, came in second, though his win percentage is higher than Lloyd’s and only surpassed by legendary captain Frank Worrell.