Holder upbeat

West Indies will wait until the eve of the third Test against England in Barbados to decide whether Jason Holder is fit enough to play.

The third Test starts on Friday in Bridgetown, Barbados. Holder injured his left ankle after tripping over as he ran up to bowl in the second innings of the second Test in Grenada.

He was taken off the field on a stretcher for treatment and did not take part in the rest of the game, which England won by nine wickets to take a 1-0 lead.

Holder arrived in Bridgetown on Sunday with his ankle strapped, but the West Indies camp claims that the allrounder is upbeat about his fitness. The only concern is Holder’s ability to handle a heavy workload in the five-day Test.

A decision will be made on Thursday night or early Friday about his inclusion in the final XI.

Captain Denesh Ramdin was confident Holder would recover in time.

Holder, the one-day international captain, has been a key asset with the bat in this series.

He stroked a superb maiden Test and first-class hundred in the opening Test in Antigua, which helped West Indies manage a draw.