England v West Indies: Holder v Stokes and a breakout star


West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite will be part of the BBC TV and Test Match Special commentary teams for the Test series in England.

It has been a long wait for cricket because of the coronavirus crisis and I cannot wait to see it back.

The three-Test series between England and West Indies which begins on Wednesday is set up to be an exciting restart.

West Indies may not have won a series in England since 1988, but they are being underestimated on this tour. They are the holders of the Wisden Trophy after all.

I have picked out the players who will be central to the tourists’ chances of pulling off another series victory.

Jason Holder – a man with a point to prove

Holder scored 229 runs and took seven wickets in two Tests against England in 2019 but has never scored a Test fifty in England

First on the list is the West Indies captain.

Holder is part of a very successful bowling attack and also plays an important role in the middle order. We saw that when he scored a double hundred against England last year.

He may not have reached double figures in three innings in the warm-up games, but that is not cause for concern. You do not want to peak in a practice match.

When discussing great all-rounders in the world at the moment, you talk about Ben Stokes or people mention Mitchell Marsh. No-one mentions Holder, who is top of the International Cricket Council rankings.