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Simmons lists key ingredient as WI get ready for second Test

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2015 | 6:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
West Indies players (from left) Rajendra Chandrika, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo stretch during training at Sabina Park yesterday.
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West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor stretches during a team training session at Sabina Park yesterday.
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Head coach of the West Indies cricket team, Phil Simmons, has listed batting and catching as key areas the team needs to improve on if they are to defeat Australia in the second Test cricket match starting tomorrow at Sabina Park.

The world number-two ranked Australians won the first Test by nine wickets inside three days at Warner Park, Dominica, last week.

"We need to bat properly in the first innings, as the first innings sets up everything," pointed out Simmons, who took the team through their first training session at the venue yesterday.

"If we get to 350 or 400 in the first innings, we've seen where our bowlers can keep people under pressure and that is what we want to achieve."

 

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The Trinidadian, who took over the team in April and saw his charges draw 1-1 with world number-five ranked England, also pinpointed that fielders needed to support the bowlers more.

"We need to take our catches, which was what made a difference in the last Test," he said.

"Australia did not drop a catch, they had their guys diving all over and we dropped a couple of catches at crucial times."

Meanwhile, Simmons said since taking over the team, he is impressed with their work ethic and believes it is only a matter time before they start achieving better results consistently.

"You have to understand that given where the team is coming from, we have to climb the ladder step by step," the former West Indies opener explained.

"Sometimes we are going to go backwards a little bit to get to where we want.

"The Grenada match (loss against England) was a backward step, and the way we batted in the first innings in the last match, was a little step a bit back.

"But the guys are working hard and we are continuously trying to move forward."

The West Indies has named an unchanged 14-member squad for the fixture, which is the final of a two-match series.

A victory for the West Indies would see them moving in on seventh-ranked Sri Lanka in the standings, while a draw or a win for the Aussies would see them close the gap on world number one South Africa.

West Indies squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.