WI vs IND | Somebody has to score hundred and hold the team together: West Indies coach Phil Simmons

West Indies and India will play three ODIs on July 22, 24 and 27 at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad. After the ODIs, the teams will play a five-match T20I series.

Phil Simmons wants West Indies to bat through 50 overs.

Phil Simmons wants West Indies to bat through 50 overs. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Coach Phil Simmons wants West Indies to bat through 50 overs
  • Simmons says West Indies’ bowling and fielding is improving
  • Simmons also wants someone from West Indies to score a century

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has expressed his expectations from his side for the upcoming three-match ODI series against India.

West Indies and India will play three ODIs on July 22, 24 and 27 at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad.

Simmons wants West Indies batters to bat through 50 overs, with someone scoring a century and holding the team together.

“The main thing is how we bat our 50 overs we have to bat 50 overs and put our innings together and partnerships together,” Simmons was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“Somebody has to be looking to score a hundred and hold the team together. Batting-wise that is it.”

Simmons added that he is not overly concerned about West Indies’s bowling and fielding. West Indies were unable to bowl out Bangladesh in their third ODI match on July 16.

“The bowling and the fielding has been improving daily,” he said.

“We rank ourselves very highly on the fielding. The bowling, we had couple of games on those wickets where people might say we should’ve gotten more wickets but the wicket got better every time we fielded because they had put out the second roller on it and it had dried out from earlier in the day.

“So, the bowlers have been doing well and we have to continue restricting and getting wickets – that’s the only way we can keep totals low and continue to win games.”

West Indies will host India for three ODIs followed by five T20Is.

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