Phil Simmons: Head coach admits “game-awareness was not at its best” on the day they folded for 55 against England. West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has demanded more effort and awareness from his lineup after doubling his lowest T20 total at 55 and the third-lowest total at the Dubai tournament on Oct. 23.
“For me, Saturday was just about bad shot selection,” Simmons said. “The bowling wasn’t, as we would say, extraordinary. All the guys have played against these guys [England] before, so I just put it down to bad shot selection. We need to improve that tenfold by the time we get to Tuesday.”
However, emphasizes that the West Indies will not restrict their natural style of play based on power shots.
Phil Simmons challenged hitters to find a way to thrive in the low and slow conditions of the UAE.
“Well, the style in which we play our cricket has always been in the style in which we play our cricket,” Simmons said. “But we also got to assess the situation at the time and play according to the situation. So, there’s enough experience in the team for that; any two batsmen in there at the same time would have that experience to assess the situation and play accordingly. We will continue to be in our aggressive state, but our shot-selection and assessment of the situation must be a lot better.”
Starter Lendl Simmons was one of the West Indian thugs fired to cross the border. Simmons grabbed secondary player Moeen Ali and finished deep in Midwicket.
Similarly, he had fallen on another subordinate, Mohammad Nabi, while warming up against Afghanistan at the ICC Academy.
Simmons said team leaders had discussed the potentially troubling pattern of layoffs with the group.
Simmons was also wary of left wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who is currently the # 1 T20I spinner in the ICC rankings. In the most recent T20I series in the Caribbean.
Simmons admitted the threat posed by Shami’s ability to turn the ball from anybody. way, but the West Indies plan to extend it.
‘Yeah, we’ve been looking back at that [T20I series in the West Indies] and seeing how in the games so far here [in the UAE] how people have played and won but also about how batsmen are going to find a way to score off him and without him being much of a threat.”
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