England in West Indies: Jason Holder banned for third Test

Jason Holder celebrates West Indies' series win in Antigua
Jason Holder is ranked the best all-rounder in Test cricket by the International Cricket Council

West Indies captain Jason Holder will miss the final Test against England after being banned by the International Cricket Council.

The all-rounder, 27, will serve a one-match suspension for his side's slow over-rate in the 10-wicket win in the second Test in Antigua.

Holder is the leading run-scorer with 229 at an average of 114.50.

The third Test in St Lucia starts on Saturday, with West Indies 2-0 up in the series.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who captained West Indies to a 2-0 series defeat in Bangladesh in November during Holder's absence through injury, is expected to deputise.

Holder has been a central figure in West Indies securing a first series win over England since 2009, and their first over any side other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 2012.

He was named man of the match after making an unbeaten 202 and taking two wickets in the 381-run win in the first Test, a performance which took him to the top of the ICC rankings for Test all-rounders.

Holder claimed 4-32 to help bowl England out for 132 in Antigua on Saturday before West Indies sealed victory with two days to spare.

He missed the second Test in New Zealand in December 2017 after being banned for a slow over-rate offence.


BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

There will be people who look at this and say it's petty, that it's a great shame that Jason Holder can't arrive in St Lucia with his team 2-0 up and try and beat England again.

But the fact is the West Indies over-rate in the Antigua Test match was very slow indeed.

If they let Holder off this time and set some sort of precedent, what happens the next time the ICC tries to punish a captain?

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