Sir Andy Roberts has described Windies all-rounder Jason Holder as a “damn good cricketer” but says he is “lost” as a captain and should look to the coaching staff for help during matches.
Pointing to his field placements, the outspoken legendary former West Indies pacer slammed Holder as being too “defensive-minded,” contending he needed to employ a more aggressive approach, especially when conditions were suited to fast bowling.
“I would like to know how do we judge a captain,” Sir Andy queried.
“Do we judge him by his win-loss record, or do we judge him by his performance on the field or do we judge him on how well he interviews?
“I think Jason Holder as a captain on the field is lost. I don’t think he’s aware what is going on the field because if I win a toss as a captain and before lunch on a green top pitch I am having a man on the point boundary then I am lost.
“That’s the first thing. His field placing [leaves] a lot to be desired and I believe the time should come where he takes instructions from the coaches who can see the game better than he can.”
Not for the first time, Holder’s captaincy was put under the microscope following last December’s chastening two-Test series in New Zealand where West Indies lost both matches inside four days by innings margins.
Earlier in 2020, he presided over a 2-1 series defeat away to England as West Indies surrendered the Wisden Trophy they had recaptured in 2019 for the first time in a decade.
Overall, Holder has led West Indies in 37 of his 45 Tests but has only won 11 while losing 21.
However, the 29-year-old remains one of the world’s leading performers in the Test format where he was the top-ranked all-rounder for nearly a year recently. He’s now ranked third in the all-rounder’s charts, 11th in bowling and 43rd in the batting rankings.
While endorsing the Barbadian’s remarkable ability as a cricketer, Sir Andy said his prowess as a captain needed to improve.
“A captain is only as good as the men who he leads so there has to be something wrong with the 11 guys on the field who cannot pinpoint certain things to the captain.”
But Sir Andy also said, “I would give him an ‘A’ grade for his interviews – he interviews very well. He’s a damn good cricketer but needs to be more aggressive as a captain.”