‘People should make sure they fight for the West Indies,’ says coach Simmons
West Indies failed to clear 200 runs in their 3-0 ODI series loss to India and coach Phil Simmons on Friday called the team’s prolonged batting slump “hurtful”.
The Tourists lost the final game by 96 points after being dismissed for 169 in their 266 chase in Ahmedabad.
The once-mighty West Indies have been unable to beat their 50 overs in their last six ODI matches and suffered their second successive defeat in the series after a shock loss to Ireland last month.
“He (the stick) needs urgent attention because he just lost the last two games to us,” Simmons told reporters after his side’s first-ever ODI shutout in India.
“Just a year ago we were sailing at 280-290 against Sri Lanka. So the stick is a huge concern and people should be on their feet as we go into our next set in June. People should be worried. ensure they fight for the West Indies.
West Indies struck first in the opener and only managed 176, a tally which India overhauled in 28 overs. Jason Holder made 57.
In Game 2, they were knocked out for 193 in their pursuit of 238.
“We have to assess the situation and play accordingly. Most guys that play in that top five or six have hundreds of tests to be able to hit,” Simmons said.
“We can’t be 100-6 in 20 overs, it’s a 50 over game.”
The former all-rounder added: “The last six games have been tough in this format. We started putting things together when we played in Sri Lanka. Difficult against Australia.
“But for it to come now, it’s hard to swallow drummers. It’s hurtful and the players know it.
West Indies failed to collect Super League points for direct qualification for the 50+ World Cup in India next year.
The top eight teams will gain direct entry to the main draw of the competition.
Simmons said: “We have to go back and improve to play in those conditions and keep working on it.”
However, Simmons expressed confidence in his side, which won a Twenty20 series against England ahead of the India tour ahead of the three T20 games from Wednesday.
“We’ve got five players coming from that series win over England, so they’ll bring a bit of a winning vibe,” Simmons said.
The T20 series will be played in Kolkata behind closed doors.