Windies batters will continue to be aggressive but have to be better at assessing game situations - Simmons

By October 25, 2021

West Indies head coach has admitted that the game and situational awareness of the team was not at its best against England on Saturday but said the team will continue to be aggressive in its approach when they take on South Africa on Tuesday.

Simmons was speaking on Sunday following the dismal performance of the defending champions while losing to England by six wickets in Dubai. The West Indies were bowled out for 55 in just 14.2 overs, a target achieved by England in 8.2 over albeit for the loss of four wickets.

During the match, several West Indies batsmen got out trying to clear the boundary, most notably opening bat Lendl Simmons, who swiped Moeen Ali and was caught on the midwicket boundary mirroring his dismissal to Mohammed Nabi in the team’s final warm-up game against Afghanistan.

Simmons conceded that this was a concern for the team.

“There is a concern from yesterday (Saturday) because the game awareness and situational awareness was not at its best. From that point of view, definitely and it is something that is being addressed, not just with him (Lendl) but with all the players as to how we assess the situation that we are in because it can be assessed inside; those in the middle must assess the situation and play accordingly.”

Notwithstanding those concerns, Simmons said the team will continue to play its natural game.

“Well, the style in which we play our cricket has always been in the style in which we play our cricket, but we got to assess the situation at the time and play according to the situation. We will continue to be in our aggressive state but our shot selection and assessment of the situation must be a lot better.”

 

 

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