Extended preparations helped West Indies win in opposition to England: Coach Phil Simmons

Manchester, July 15

West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes that the prolonged preparations after early arrival because of COVID-19 protocol performed a key half in his facet’s four-wicket win over England within the first Test at Southampton.

West Indies, who arrived in England on June 9 and educated in a bio-secure surroundings after that, beat the house facet by 4 wickets on the ultimate day of their first Test to take a 1-Zero lead within the three-match collection.

“I think that has been the biggest influence on the performance. The fact that we’ve been here for that period of time, we’ve had quality bowling in the nets because we’ve had nearly 11 seamers here, you can’t put a price on that,” he stated on the eve of the second Test beginning at Old Trafford on Thursday.

“I don’t like to go back into my (playing) days, but we would come to England and play something like three or four proper warm-up games before the first Test, and we would also have three-day or four-day games in between the Test matches. So I think that period of training goes a long way to how we performed in that first Test.”

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While praising the resolve of his gamers within the first Test, particularly Jermaine Blackwood’s decisive 95 on the ultimate day and Shannon Gabriel’s nine-wicket haul within the match, Simmons warned the West Indies cricketers to protect in opposition to complacency.

“For me it was a fantastic win as a result of I feel that it signified quite a lot of onerous work being completed by the gamers during the last 4 or 5 weeks. It was a top-class Test match, with good cricket performed by each groups, and even coming all the way down to the final hour, it may have gone both manner.

“But you guard against complacency by just trying to do the same things you did before the first Test. Right now that Test match is history. We’ve got to be thinking about what we do from Thursday to Monday,” stated the 57-year-old former all-rounder.

He stated the primary Test win was “history” and the main target ought to now be on the second match right here.

“You don’t come to England and just win a Test match,” he stated.

“To come out on top. It’s been great for us, and it was important because you don’t want to have to chase England in England. So the chasing is from their point of view now.”

Simmons, particularly, heaped reward on pacer Gabriel, who was initially not within the West Indies’ first-choice 14, however was later added to the squad after he proved his health submit his return from an ankle surgical procedure.

“The hardest time for bowlers, after bowling from the morning, is that last session,” stated Simmons.

“To see him (Gabriel) and Alzarri (Joseph) come up trumps in that session is so pleasing to us. With him coming back from that ankle surgery and working as hard he has worked since we’ve been here, it was a joy to see him succeed in that period.” PTI

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