Holder backs tips Brathwaite to join 100 club


Jason Holder tipped Kraigg Brathwaite to play at least 100 Tests after the opening batsman's magnificent unbeaten century gave West Indies an excellent chance of claiming a consolation victory over Pakistan.

Brathwaite became only the fifth Windies batsman to carry his bat in a Test innings on Tuesday, making 142 not out from 318 balls to guide the tourists to 337 all out in reply to 281 in Sharjah on day three of the third and final Test.

Pakistan already have the series sewn up, but the Windies have shown some character and captain Holder took 3-10 to reduce Misbah-ul-Haq's side to 87-4 at stumps - leading by only 31.

Brathwaite was rewarded for showing great maturity with a fifth century in the longest format his 34 Tests and Holder expects the 23-year-old to stay at the top of the Windies order for years to come.

"He showed great character, great composure, great faith. It was very inspirational for me and gave me the energy to go and do what we did in the end." he told Ten Sports

"I have played a lot of cricket with Brathwaite - Under-13, 15, 17 and 19, and now senior cricket. He has scored a lot of runs in junior cricket. He has already played 30-odd Test matches and he has been the mainstay in terms of opening partnerships.

"I have no doubt in Braithwaite, who has shown the world what he can bring. If he can remain consistent, he will definitely play 100-plus Test matches."

Wahab Riaz was the standout bowler for Pakistan, taking 5-88, but the paceman accepted that the hosts failed to do themselves justice.

He said: "It's cricket and it happens sometimes. We are all working hard to win this Test match. I think somehow as batsmen and bowlers we lost our concentration for a while, maybe thinking that we will take back control and manage the situation.

"But we didn't execute well and we didn't capitalise, and lost our way. So I admit we made mistakes and it happens in cricket."