ICC Banned Windies Captain Jason Holder From 3rd Test Against England For Slow Over Rate

| February 4 , 2019 , 19:03 IST

The West Indies team is all set to play 3rd and final test against England without their skipper Jason Holder in St. Lucia after he was suspended for a match due to his team's slow over-rate during the 2nd test in Antigua last week.

Holder was punished by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the team's slow over rate while winning the second Test in Antigua on Saturday. That clinched the series 2-0, the first for West Indies against England in 10 years. The West Indies won in Antigua by 10 wickets in three days. They had won the first Test in Barbados by 381 runs in four days.

The ICC said in a statement that the Windies were two overs short of their target for the match.

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Holder was previously found guilty of a slow over-rate during his team's third Test defeat by Sri Lanka last June.

"(Match referee) Jeff Crowe... imposed the suspension on Holder after the Windies were ruled to be two overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration," the ICC said.

Windies will surely miss the services of Holder as he was the leading run-scorer in the series, with 229 after an unbeaten 202 in the first Test. The allrounder also took seven wickets at an average of 17. Vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite is expected to lead the West Indies in the third Test starting on Saturday in St. Lucia.