Simmons backs Windies to stage Melbourne fightback

Geelong (Australia), Dec 17 (IANS) West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has promised a fightback from his team when they face-off against Australia in the second Test match starting on Boxing Day in Melbourne.

The Windies lost the series opener by an innings and 212 runs but have regrouped and will be looking to make amends in the second match, as they try to make up for their disappointing showing in Hobart last week, reports CMC.

Simmons told reporters the Windies had reflected, analysed where they had gone wrong and were now anxious to show their quality.

“The guys sat down and they know exactly what they have to do and they know that they’re capable of doing it. It’s not like it’s out of their league,” Simmons said on Wednesday.

“I’m looking forward to this next one. You saw the way how Darren Bravo played in the first innings, with a well compiled century, and the way Kraigg Brathwaite played in the second innings, he was solid and played strokes all around the wicket. That’s what we need more of, that kind of determination.”

He was speaking at the Simonds Stadium here as the West Indies held a training session on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of their two-day tour match against Cricket Victoria XI starting Saturday.

From here, they will take the one-hour drive to Melbourne to start preparations for the Boxing Day (December 26) contest.

Simmons said both the batting and bowling departments needed to prove their worth.

“The bowlers have been good in the last four or five Test matches – they weren’t good in the last one – and the batting has let us down quite a bit,” Simmons noted.

“The batting is at the point that we need to prove that we are as good as we’re made out to be. They’re good players, we know they can play at this level and it’s up to them to come out now and show everybody that they’re back in good nick.”

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