Simmons not ready for excuses

Sports Correspondent

29 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said on Thursday that he is not ready to accept excuses from his pacers regarding the wicket in this part of the world as he feels adjusting mindset is the most important thing.

West Indies XI will take on BCB XI in the three-day practice match at the M.A Aziz Stadium in Chattogram today as part of their preparation for the two-match Test series against the hosts.

The slowness of the wicket has been a topic of discussion in the recently-concluded three-match ODI series while it is expected to be the same case when the two sides meet in the Test series, scheduled on February 3-7 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. “Well, a wicket is only as an easy excuse as you make it out to be. I’ve seen flat wickets where fast bowlers made it look like the quickest thing in the world (laughs) so it’s what the mind of the fast bowlers are telling them and how much they are putting into it, it will get it out of it,” Simmons said ahead of the practice game ahead.

Simmons added that West Indies will be in a better place in the Test series compared to their ODI debacle because of their experience.

“It’s a big difference. You may have one or maybe two debutants in this Test series, whereas you have 10 in the ODI’s series.

 “So, it’s a huge difference and the good thing is, the guys you called, and maybe a couple of others, have been down here before.  “The last tour down here, Craigg (Brathwaite) was the captain, again, Shannon (Gabriel) and Roach (Kemar) were down here as well, so it’s good to have that kind of experience going into a Test series,” Simmons concluded.