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Hard work can make WI strong in Test cricket - Simmons

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 5:00 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons believes the regional side has the makings of a competitive Test unit.

The Caribbean side stunned England last Sunday, beating them by five wickets inside three days at Kensington Oval, to ensure a 1-1 draw in the three-Test series.

"The key message was that there is the ability there to play Test cricket and do well at Test cricket, and we have to start looking and making sure we know exactly what we are doing and in what direction we are going and all the players are part of that," he said.

"I think application is a really big thing and it was something that we had talked about. It is a big game, a game of patience, like a chess game and everybody had to understand what application meant and I think everyone came to the party as far as that was concerned."

Against the ropes in the first Test in Antigua, West Indies came out swinging on the final day to pull off a memorable draw, with fast bowler Jason Holder scoring a maiden unbeaten hundred.

However, in the second Test in Grenada, they slumped from 202 for two at the start of the final day to 307 all out, paving the way for England's nine-wicket win.

West Indies then surprised many in the third and final Test when they overcame a first innings deficit to bowl out England for 123 in their second innings and then cruise to a victory target of 192.

"The talent becomes unimportant if you are not working. But if you have the talent and you are hard-working, then you are going somewhere," the Trinidadian said.

"I think the talent is there with a lot of them, we just have to make sure that we work hard with that talent."