West Indies Coach Simmons Downplays

Tri-Nation Series Favorite Label

West Indies Coach Phil Verant Simmons has shunned the labeling of his team as favorites to win the tri-nation series that include Australia and South Africa.

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The 53-year-old former all-rounder who played as an opening batsman, medium-fast bowler and a slip fielder for Trinidad and Tobago as well as the West Indies — now coach, has argued that if there is any team to be tagged as favorite, it should be Australia.

Simmons reasoned that Australia’s status as the best team in one day cricket and their ICC world rankings gives them that right, not the West Indies.

“The number one team in the world has got to be the favorites going into the tournament. We weren’t favorites for the World T20….we play the game as we see it,” said Simmons in a radio interview.

Simons underscored the point that West Indies have won only two of their last 12 one dayers against Australia.

He noted that Spinner Sunil Narine is still working on regaining his best form with his remodeled action and pointed to his importance to not only Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but also to the West Indies.

Simmons also touted Sulieman Benn and Ashley Nurse as key bowlers who can get wickets in the middle.

West Indies will face South Africa in their first game at the Providence Stadium in Guyana, this Friday.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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