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Holder rips through England to put West Indies in control
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Holder rips through England to put West Indies in control

West Indies skipper Jason Holder produced a remarkable spell of swing bowling to skittle England for a paltry total of 204 all out on the second day of the first Test in Southampton.

West Indies' batsmen made a decent start in reply, getting to 57-1 in 19.3 overs by the end of the day's play with Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope being the undefeated batters on the crease.

Holder, the world no. 1 Test all-rounder, showed his class by registering career-best figures in the format as he scalped six wickets for just 42 runs.

The tall lanky bowler made full use of the overcast conditions and provided regular breakthroughs with his nagging lines and ability to generate steep bounce on the lively surface.

His splendid heroics were ably supported by tearaway speedster Shannon Gabriel, who took all the other wickets to fall in the innings for impressive returns of 4-62.

Holder's dream run in Test cricket over the past two years has further stretched with the latest performance seeing him register six five-wicket hauls in his last 10 games.

Holder's exceptional bowling also brought about the demise of opposing captain Ben Stokes, whose confident innings promised a recovery for the England side.

"Leading up to this Test, with my ankle [niggle], I probably didn't get the amount of overs in that I'd have liked to, but I still felt really good," Holder told Sky Sports following his brilliant bowling display.

Holder added that he took inspiration from England veteran James Anderson and former Australia quick Glenn McGrath heading into the series.

"Funnily enough, the last tour when we were here, Jimmy was on 499 wickets -- he was bowling to Bishoo and I was next in; he took everything away from Bishoo and so I was waiting for the inswinger and he never showed it.

"I said to myself, 'if he's that good and has got these results he's got over the years, then maybe he must be doing something right.'"

"I watched clips of Glenn McGrath as well, because I think our styles are similar. We're not as quick, so I look at being consistent."