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Cricket news - Windies are still underdogs, insists Holder

"It's great to be 1-0 up, but that's history"

It came as a major jolt and a reality check for England when they suffered a massive defeat at the hands of the Windies in the opening Test in Barbados to concede an early lead in the three-match series. It has been almost 10 years since the Windies last registered a series win against England, and the hosts now have a golden chance to set the record straight in the second Test in Antigua. Skipper Jason Holder is well aware of the opportunity that is in front of the hosts but he also chose to play it down by calling Windies the underdogs.

"It's at the back of my mind. I just said to the guys, make sure we keep it out of our minds, make sure focus on what we need to do here - we need to get 20 wickets to win this game, we need to put up runs, and if we do that and hold our chances, we have a good chance. We're still ranked No. 8, England are No. 2 or 3, so we're definitely the underdogs," Holder said.

"It's great to be 1-0 up, but that's history. We are happy to be leading in the series but we have our feet firmly on the ground. We are not focusing on what happened before in Barbados. We are looking forward to this match and what we have ahead of us. It's a matter for us to move on and understand what we need to do. We speak about consistency in the dressing room and I think we've got to be hitting all three departments well every time we step on the field," he added.

Focusing on the basics, consistency in all three departments and teamwork are the mantras currently doing rounds in the Windies dressing room as they look to emulate the success of a Chris Gayle-led team in 2009. But with a team that is still in finding its feet in the five-day format while going up against the top-ranked sides in the world, Holder is wary of an England backlash and is hopeful that his team can build on the promise it has shown several times in the recent past.

"It's a matter for us to continue to build the side," he said. "What's really encouraging is that we've seen glimpses that this team can perform, and beat top sides in the world. We've had personal success and it's good to see us bringing it a little bit more together as a side, so hopefully we can continue in that vein and the guys continue to be hungry for success," Holder said.

Holder also said he was looking forward to Shannon Gabriel troubling the top batsman in the opposition team - something he has done in the past and repeated it against England skipper Joe Root. While Gabriel is nursing a toe injury, Holder remained positive that he would recover in time.

"It wasn't a surprise, it's something that Shannon's done to many batsmen around the world. He carries pace and he was aggressive in that spell, which we asked of him. It was really good to see him come out after lunch - we were probably a little flat with England two down and over 100, we needed to break the partnership and Shannon really gave us that momentum. It was really good to see.

"He's generally quick and awkward [to face]. Just expect Shannon to run in - he had a bit of a toe injury in the last game but that seems to have healed up pretty nicely. So we expect Shannon to be running in tomorrow," Holder said.

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