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West Indies have confirmed Kraigg Brathwaite will captain the side in the absence of suspended Jason Holder during the third Test against England.

Captain Jason Holder has become the first West Indies all-rounder since the iconic Sir Gary Sobers almost half a century ago, to top the ICC all-rounders rankings.

The 32-year-old replaced the misfiring Keaton Jennings at the top of the order for the second Test at Antigua and made scores of six and 17 on debut in England's 10-wicket defeat as the tourists went 2-0 down in the three-match series.

"We will, of course, abide by the ICC ruling, but we have to wonder if such punitive action at a pivotal stage of the series is good for cricket".

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Hope is 10/3 to be West Indies' leading run-scorer in St Lucia, with Darren Bravo - off the back of his painstakingly slow fifty in Antigua - tagging along behind him on 7/2.

"(Match referee) Jeff Crowe. imposed the suspension on Holder after the Windies were ruled to be two overs short of their target after time allowances were taken into consideration", the ICC said.

Critics argue that forcing the team's captain to sit out is exactly what test cricket does not need in its struggle to stay relevant in the Caribbean.

Holder has played a huge role in West Indies' series victory over England, scoring an unbeaten double century in the first Test in Barbados.

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"They have played the better cricket and have been in great form, and it has really hurt England".

The WINDIES' convincing victory which lasted less than three days, thrust West Indies fans into a celebratory mood. "Where's the common sense here?" he tweeted.

The Kent batsman looks likely to get another opportunity when the teams face off at St Lucia in the third Test and Denly is treating the match as his Ashes audition.

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