Head Coach Phil Simmons Laments Windies Batting Failure

Head coach of the West Indies men’s team Phil Simmons believes players must take more responsibility for their batting performance after his team failed to win the ODI series against Ireland.

Windies was put to a shock 2-1 ODI series defeat against minnows, Ireland on Sunday.

Simmons said the Windies’ failure could be attributed to “bad shot selection, and that comes down to assessing the situation of the game.”

He said players’ longevity at the wicket left much to be desired.

“You need guys to bat for a while and just play and then guys still getting out with big shots.”

Simmons claimed that playing big shots and getting caught at the boundary is not doing justice to the team.

“I think it’s assessing the situation of the game is a huge part of the batting failure.”

He said there needs to be a change at the different levels because one doesn’t become a lousy batsman at the highest level.

“You come up here thinking that you’re able to play up here, but things are not going the way it should go,” said the head coach.

Simmons said players should take more responsibility and added that the issues with the team’s batting must be addressed at the national or regional level.

He also said the guys need to fight harder and put more effort into wanting to be the best in the world when they reach the highest level in West Indies cricket.

With the team failing to score over 300 runs in the series, captain Kieron Pollard had also criticized the batsmen in the region for their inability to play at the highest level.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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