Wakely looking for Holder tips

19 February 2019 10:10:57 EST

Alex Wakely says he is looking forward to learning from Jason Holder when he captains the West Indies star at the start of the 2019 domestic season.

Windies all-rounder Holder will play two County Championship and up to six 50-over matches for Northamptonshire before hooking up with his international colleagues in Ireland on 2nd May.

The 27-year-old recently struck a maiden double hundred in the landslide home win over England in Barbados.

He's someone I can learn from as a captain and the players will be looking forward to it, too. I'm certainly excited by the squad.

Alex Wakely

"Signing someone like Jason Holder is a massive coup for the club, especially with what he's done in the Test series against England," Wakely said.

"He's someone I can learn from as a captain and the players will be looking forward to it, too. I'm certainly excited by the squad.

"But it also shows where the club want to go; we're not just prepared to sit there and let other clubs beat us, we want to be competitive and winning trophies.

"There are a few people in the changing room who have experienced winning silverware and we want to get back to winning ways."

South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma and Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf are also due to arrive at Wantage Road as overseas players later this year as Northants look to turn things around following a disappointing 2018.

"We've gone back to the drawing board and want to put things right this year. There's an appreciation that we've got to work harder, especially on our fitness, and on the cricket things as well people have been working hard," Wakely added.

Northants are 33/1 to win the County Championship Division Two title, while Lancashire are 13/8 and Middlesex are priced at 11/4.

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