West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons is happy with his team’s performance in the first Test against Bangladesh.
“We started 2021 in the same way. We won two in Bangladesh and drew two against Sri Lanka. It is about how we go forward from here. I want us to be unbeaten in all the remaining four-five Tests in this year. That would be good for me.”
He said the team is brimming with confidence, thus making the job easier.
“It’s just that guys are getting confident in what they are doing. It makes your job and role easier the more confidence you have. It has happened especially after winning the series against England not too long ago. The confidence is there, and it showed,” said Simmons in a post-match interview.
He commended captain Kraigg Brathwaite for his determination and grit and argued that the captain is growing in stature in his new role.
“There is not much to tell about his batting as everyone has seen his determination. Also, his unique style. He doesn’t have a problem doing his job for five days. It is unique because a lot of batsmen nowadays like to play shots and be done with it.
“From his point of view, he wants to be there for the team. That rolls into the captaincy. He is not loud, but the players know what he wants. He makes them understand in his unique way like this is what I want from you. He seems to be growing in the role,” said the Coach.
Simmons also praised Kemar Roach for his role in the team and his achievement of equaling the legendary Michael Holding’s tally of 249 Test wickets with figures of 2/21 and 5/53 in both innings, respectively.
“He’s just excellent. He has taken things to the next level. He is now tied with Mikey (Holding) in wickets. But in the dressing room he is always leading the youngsters and lets them know what needs to be done to get to where he is right now. He has played 70 Tests, so he is educating them off the field as much as on the field. It is great to have him in the dressing room,” noted Simmons.
He also commended John Campbell for his effort and expressed the hope that the opening batter has added success in the next match.
“I think it was really important (for Campbell). He has had good starts in most of the games but failed to get past that 30-40 mark. The fifty and being not out must give him some kind of confidence to get that big score, hopefully in the next Test match,” said the Coach.
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