Jason Holder comes across as an admirably hardworking cricketer and willing to shoulder the responsibility but if one talks about his cricketing credentials and take a hard look at him, he is basically a 4th seamer and a no.7 bat in a struggling Test side.
Holder's batting and bowling average of 30.26 and 29.35, suggests he is far from an exceptional player in either skill but the young man believes he has learnt a lot over the last few years and is on his way of becoming a proper allrounder.
After leading West Indies to a 2-0 series win over Bangladesh with his match figures of 5/44 and 6/59 in Jamaica, Holder said at the post-match press conference that, "I just think it's coming together for me now, I'm probably 30-odd Test matches into my Test career, and I've always remembered Clive Lloyd saying that he learned to play Test cricket after three years."
"It took him three years to understand the Test game, and it's good to see the selectors have given this group [of players] some confidence in terms of sticking with them. I guess I'm now getting into my own in terms of my cricket at the international level, I felt the skill level was always there. It's just a matter of putting it together."
Holder also talked about the helpful conditions for seamers in the home season against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and said, "Quite frankly, I think the surfaces obviously helped me in terms of my movement and conditions were in my favour pretty much in terms of this home series. I would say things are really coming together for me, both with bat and ball."
"I still would like to be a little bit more consistent in terms of getting a few more scores, but batting down at No. 8 and 9, for me, it's quite difficult to really post a healthy score unless you're batting with the last recognised batsman, but we weren't able to get that partnership that we were looking for in the end."
Good thing is that Holder wants to bat higher up the order and make most of his decent batting ability. Having batted at 8, he wants to become a long-term no.6 or 7 for his side.
He talked about this and said, "I would love to, you know, but in terms of the context of the team at this present time, that's the way the selectors have gone, That's my ultimate goal, to be in the allrounder's position and be seen as a genuine allrounder. Hopefully, with my performances, the selectors will see and push me up."
"I'm playing the one-dayers [against Bangladesh] and afterwards straight into the CPL, I don't think we get any rest until probably until the end of the year. We've got cricket now from here until December, there's no rest. It's just a matter of me trying to manage it as best as I probably can."
"It's just a bit of tendinitis in my right shoulder. Obviously, I had an operation on my elbow at the end of 2017, and I guess in trying to take some load off my elbow I put a little bit more strain on my shoulder. It's something that really crept up on me in the World Cup Qualifier, so I'm just trying to manage it as best as I possibly can."
(Inputs from ESPNcricinfo)