WI batters ‘need to give the bowlers something to work with’ – Simmons

The West Indies vs England 1st Test will commence on March 8 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The 2nd Test will be played from March 16-20 at Kensington Oval in Barbados. The 3rd and final Test will be played from March 24-28 at National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.

After West Indies have lost their previous two matches in Sri Lanka 2-0. Desmond Haynes’ new selection panel responded by bringing back John Campbell and Shamarh Brooks  who last played in March 2021 and December 2020 respectively with dropping  Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Jeremy Solozano and Jomel Warrican being dropped from the squad.

John Campbell and Anderson Phillip, who were among the best players in the West Indies Championship tournament, were called up for the Test series against England.

Prior to the first game, the team’s head coach Phil Simmons commented to the media about the tournament. He said the last time England were able to beat England at home and that the return of the opening combination of Craig and Campbell was a good omen.

“I think the last time England were here, and we beat them, the opening pair was Kraigg and John Campbell. So let’s hope that’s a good omen for us, because they are back together and they gave the team some good starts.

So that’s it what we’ve been talking about, getting a good start and then making sure that the top four put things together and not leave it for the middle and lower order. “

He also said that the five-day camp gave the batsmen more time to bat and that the camp ended well.

“That’s been the aspect of the five-day camp that we had, addressing the fact that batsmen need to bat long, we need to make sure we give the bowlers something to work with. And I think that the camp went well, so I Expect good things from them. “

He also commented on abscond Anderson and Broad.

“You can call it an advantage but again, no Broad, no Anderson, we keep harping on that. So we have not been looking at the fact that there’s no Broad and Anderson, we’ve been looking at who is there, and there’s still some quality bowlers in there, which we still have to bat against. “

Simmons also noted that Gabriel’s injury has improved and that he can bowl at a good pace. Decide whether or not to include him in the second match in the next 4 5 days
They said they would.

“He’s a lot further on than I thought he was. He bowled with some pace today, so we’ll see what happens over the next four or five days. This squad was selected for the first Test, so we’ll see where he’s at while he’s training with us and then we can make a decision on the second Test. “

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