Simmons heaps praise on ‘unique’ Brathwaite

Whereas Bangladesh are down on confidence, West Indies are bursting with it in accordance with their coach Phil Simmons who now needs his workforce to proceed this progress for the remainder of the World Check Championship cycle.

“Everybody has seen [Brathwaite’s] willpower,” Simmons mentioned. “His distinctive type. He would not have an issue doing his job for 5 days. It’s distinctive as a result of loads of batsmen these days wish to play pictures and be completed with it.

“From his viewpoint, he needs to be there for the workforce. That rolls into the captaincy. He’s not loud however the gamers know what he needs. He makes them perceive in his distinctive approach. He appears to be rising within the position.”

“We began 2021 in the identical approach,” Simmons mentioned. “We received two in Bangladesh, and drew two towards Sri Lanka. It’s about how we go ahead from right here. I need to be unbeaten in all 5 Exams on this yr. That will be good for me. Guys are getting assured in what they’re doing. It makes your job and position simpler the extra confidence you have got. It has occurred particularly after successful the sequence towards England not too way back. The boldness confirmed.”

Kemar Roach too contributed closely within the Antigua win, after almost lacking the sport. The 33-year outdated quick bowler needed to clear a last-minute health take a look at to make himself out there for choice, and as soon as he did, he terrorised the Bangladesh batting line-up, ending with match figures of seven for 74 and equalling Michael Holding’s tally of 249 Check wickets.

“[Roach] has taken issues to the subsequent stage,” Simmons mentioned. “He has been glorious. He’s now tied with Mikey [Holding], however within the dressing room he’s all the time main the children. He has performed 70 Exams, so he educates them. It’s nice to have him within the dressing room.”

There have been different ticks within the field as properly. John Campbell made his first Check fifty in 15 innings, an innings them get better from 9 for 3 and see off a chase of 84. “I believe it was actually necessary,” Simmons mentioned. “He has had good begins in many of the video games however did not get previous that 30-40 mark. The unbeaten fifty should give him some sort of confidence to get that large rating, hopefully within the subsequent Check match.”

West Indies’ slip catching too was spectacular on this Check match. They took 13 catches behind the wicket, dropping simply the one. Six of these 13 catches have been taken at slip, whereas wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva devoured up the opposite seven. Simmons was requested to clarify this and he mentioned, “it’s a matter of follow. I believe the blokes are having fun with the truth that the balls are coming to them. It’s after a very long time I’m seeing the ball going to first slip within the Caribbean. It’s good to see.

“There’s additionally the truth that Jason Holder may come again into the workforce later within the yr so no one needs to be put out of there. They know that he’ll stroll proper again into the slips. That could possibly be a motivation too.”

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