West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has asserted that it is going to be a very tough competition this time from the West Indies side in their upcoming Test clash against Bangladesh.
West Indies is set to play against Bangladesh in a two-match Test series starting February 3 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
In the recently concluded three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, the West Indies team faced a comprehensive defeat as the hosts white-washed them with three wins to none.
As the visitors are without most of their senior players, the team that competed against Bangladesh comprised of an inexperienced stock of nine debutants. Senior players like Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder refrained from joining the touring party due to travel restrictions or other personal reasons.
However, the Caribbean Head Coach is confident that the team is unwilling to face the same fate as the ODI series. Speaking in a video posted on the Windies Cricket website, Simmons said, “If we play to our potential (and) if we play, really plan and work hard during the game (series) then it can be that. I think that they (Bangladesh) know it is not going to be as easy as the ODI series, but we still got to play properly.”
For the Test series, experienced players like Kraigg Brathwaite, Shannon Gabriel, and Kemar Roach will be joining the team.
Phil Simmons said that the players are working on their individual plans and techniques.“I think the main thing you are looking for is a thought, an understanding of how they are going to bat in these upcoming games, trying to put their plans into place. I am sure every one of them, as they told us, have their own plans on how they going to play the spin, how they are going to play the fast bowlers, how they are going to get runs.”
“Right now they are facing as many spinners and net bowlers as possible and are just trying to work out what they have to do.”
Currently, both the teams are facing each other in a three-match warm-up Test to gear up for the match starting next week.
“It is up to them in this three-day game to just try and put things together and make sure that they know exactly how they are going to score when the time comes.”