CHATTOGRAM, Bangladesh (CMC) — Head Coach Phil Simmons says the skilled gamers within the West Indies squad will probably be vital to the aspect’s probabilities within the upcoming Take a look at sequence in opposition to Bangladesh.
West Indies had been weakened by the withdrawal of 10 first-choice gamers for the Take a look at and one-day tour, resulting in 10 debutants that includes within the previous three-match One-Day Worldwide (ODI) sequence.
However with the likes of interim Captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood, together with the seasoned new ball pair of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel accessible, Simmons is hoping West Indies can present a greater displaying within the longest format.
“It is a massive distinction [to the ODI side]. You could have one, possibly two debutants on this Take a look at sequence whereas you had 10 within the ODI sequence,” Simmons mentioned.
“So it is an enormous distinction and the great factor is that the [experienced] guys and possibly a pair others have been down right here earlier than.
“The final tour down right here [in 2018] Kraigg was captain and Shannon and Roachie had been down right here so it’s good to have that type of expertise going right into a Take a look at sequence.”
The Windies batting has been the toughest hit by the withdrawals with Take a look at Captain Jason Holder, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase and Shimron Hetmyer and Shamarh Brooks all opting out.
However with Roach, Gabriel and third seamer Alzarri Joseph all current, West Indies have managed to retain the core of its assault, elevating hopes they may be capable to problem a well-drilled Bangladesh aspect even on pitches that are anticipated to be extra conducive to spin.
“A wicket is barely as simple as you make it out to be. I’ve seen flat wickets the place quick bowlers made [them] appear as in the event that they had been the quickest on this planet,” Simmons identified.
“So it is what the minds of the quick bowlers inform them and the way a lot they put into it, they may get out of it.”
West Indies will enter the sequence as underdogs particularly following their efficiency within the one-day sequence however Simmons mentioned his aspect might spring just a few surprises, offering they deliberate and executed correctly.
“If we play to our potential, if we play and actually plan and work onerous throughout the sport, then it [can be a competitive series],” Simmons famous.
“I believe they know that it is not going to be as simple because the ODI sequence however we have got to play correctly.”
The primary Take a look at will get underway right here subsequent Wednesday on the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
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