West Indies head coach Phil Simmons expresses disappointment over team’s batting issues ￼
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons was disappointed about the batting performance of his team after they failed to chase down 160 against Scotland while the coach was also at a loss for words to explain why such collapses keep repeating themselves.
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons was disappointed about the batting performance of his team after they failed to chase down 160 against Scotland.
A breakdown that saw them lose six wickets for 21 runs in the middle drove them to miss the mark of their target by 42 runs. Simmons found fault for the loss squarely on the batters.
“I think the only way to say is we’re disappointed. I think our batting today was a bit unprofessional. I think we need to wake up and start being as professional as we can be when we’re batting. The bowlers seemed to be working hard and putting us in good positions but the batters continued to falter,”Simmons said in the post-match press conference.
The coach was also at a loss for words to explain why such collapses keep repeating themselves.
“I don’t know. I haven’t questioned the dressing room yet, let them calm down a little bit first, let myself calm down a little bit first before I go into the dressing room,”quipped Simmons.
“I think it was too many soft dismissals. I think as batsmen you have to pay a lot more attention to your wicket. Every time we play we’re up there with the run rate doesn’t matter who we are playing. But we keep losing wickets. So I think I’ve been trying to remedy that for the last couple of months but doesn’t seem like it’s there yet,”he added.
Simmons replied in cheerfully when asked if the selection of shots and areas to be targeted could have been better.
“That’s exactly it. You need to sum up the game and the situation of the game and play to the situation of the game. I don’t think we did that all time today,”said Simmons.
In a firmly challenged bunch, the misfortune puts West Indies under a lot more pressure going forward, and adding to that would be the weather forecast with rain set to have an impact later in Hobart.
“We need to beat Zimbabwe first, and then we think about everything else. I think that’s the first step,”quipped Simmons.
“You have to think about the next game against Zimbabwe and how we have to beat Zimbabwe. It was last year that Bangladesh lost a close game and still ended up in the Super 12s. So we just have to think about Zimbabwe right now.”