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White-ball camp has achieved its objectives – Simmons

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2022 | 12:09 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons chats with batsman Devon Thomas during a training session in Antigua and Barbuda.
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons chats with batsman Devon Thomas during a training session in Antigua and Barbuda.

Head coach of the West Indies team, Phil Simmons, says the 16 players who were a part of the white-ball training camp in Antigua showed some improvement as the regional side looks to fine-tune their skills with two assignments on the horizon.

In late May, the West Indies travel to the Netherlands for the first-ever three-match One Day International (ODI) series between the two teams, to be followed by the rescheduled three-match ODI series against Pakistan, which was postponed in December. These fixtures form part of the ICC ODI Super League, where teams will have the opportunity to secure points to claim one of the top seven places (excluding hosts India) to gain automatic qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

West Indies will then be hosting tours by Bangladesh, India and New Zealand, with all three series featuring white-ball matches.

For Simmons, the camp, which started on March 31, was crucial to the team’s preparations for the upcoming shorter-format assignments.

“It has been successful, as the players worked hard on different skills that we were trying to implement. A lot of them showed improvement throughout the camps,” said Simmons.

Jamaican batsmen Nkrumah Bonner and Brandon King have been a part of the camp, which focused a lot on playing spin bowling in the limited-overs format.

For the bowlers, the coaching staff, which included bowling coach Roddy Estwick, focused on getting the faster bowlers to accurately pitch their yorkers.

For Simmons, the players have grasped the concept and have shown the commitment to be better at the international level.

“Their attitudes have been good and they have done the work that we asked them to do. This included getting up early and training at six in the mornings,” said Simmons. The camp ends tomorrow.