'WI must have appetite for runs' - Simmons still looking for 100s from Windies batsmen

By Sports Desk July 26, 2020

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has called on the team’s batsmen to set big targets for themselves as they look towards the upcoming battle of saving the final Test.

Chasing a sizeable 389 to win and having lost two wickets that of opener John Campbell and bowler Kemar Roach, who played the role of the night watchman, with just 10 runs on the board, the West Indies have an uphill battle.  The team’s highest score for the series so far is 318, set in the first innings of the first Test.

In five innings since the team has failed to crack the 300 barrier, which a frustrated Simmons believes is partly due to getting starts but failing to carry on and post big scores. So far for the series, Kraig Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Shamarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood have all managed half-centuries but have failed to go on to triple digits.

“We haven’t had any 100s in this series yet so I’m always putting pressure on them to get it,” Simmons told members of the media via a Zoom press conference.

“It’s still a good wicket to bat on so they have to set themselves targets of getting a big 100 on this wicket.  Tomorrow is only the fourth day, so we have a lot of time to bat, but we have to show the determination to get those big scores.”

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