GEELONG, Australia, CMC – West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has promised a fightback from his team when they face-off against Australia in the second Test match bowling off Boxing Day in Melbourne.
The Windies lost the series-opener by a huge margin but have regrouped and will be looking to make amends in the second match, as they try to make up for their huge disappointing showing in Hobart last week.
Simmons told reporters the Windies had reflected, analyzed where they had gone wrong and were now anxious to show their quality.
“The guys sat down and they know exactly what they have to do and they know that they’re capable of doing it. It’s not like it’s out of their league,” Simmons said.
“I’m looking forward to this next one. You saw the way how Darren Bravo played in the first innings, with a well-compiled century, and the way how Kraigg Brathwaite played in the second innings, he was solid and played strokes all around the wicket. That’s what we need more of, that kind of determination.”
He was speaking at the Simonds Stadium here as West Indies held a training session yesterday afternoon, ahead of their two-day tour match against the Cricket Victoria XI starting Saturday.
From here, they will take the one-hour drive to Melbourne to start preparation for the Boxing Day contest.
Simmons said the both the batting and bowling departments needed to prove their worth.
“The bowlers have been good in the last four or five Test matches – they weren’t good in the last one – and the batting has let us down quite a bit,” Simmons noted.
“The batting is at the point that we need to prove that we are as good as we’re made out to be. They’re good players, we know they can play at this level and it’s up to them to come out now and show everybody that they’re back in good nick.”