Ban vs WI Test Series: West Indies head coach Phil Simmons feels the warm-up match is the perfect opportunity for the men from the Caribbean to finalise their mental and physical preparation for the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh and West Indies will face each other in the first Test from February 3 while the Windies and Bangladesh Cricket Board XI are currently locking horns in the three-day practice match to help the visitors get into the groove after the limited-overs stint. West Indies showed grit and determination against New Zealand last month but were unable to get over the line in the Test series. Coach Simmons feels this Test series will be a lot more competitive as the side now has experienced players to bank upon.
“The main thing I’m looking for is an understanding of how they are going to bat in these upcoming games. It’s up to them in this 3-day game to put things together and make sure they know how they are going to score when the time comes,” said Simmons in a video posted on the Windies Cricket website.
“A wicket is only easy as you make it out be. It’s all up to the fast bowlers. If we play to our potential and really plan and work hard during the game it can be. I think they (Bangladesh) know that the Test wouldn’t be as easy as the ODI series but we still gotta play properly,” he added.
Bangladesh whitewashed West Indies 3-0 in the ODIs. It was a tough series for the visitors, the highest total they made in the 50-over format was 177 in the third ODI.
“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,” said Simmons.
“And as for the bowling, everywhere in the world you go is different lengths, different lines so they have to know how they are going to adjust,” he added.
The 3-0 result at home lifted Bangladesh to the second position in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League points table as they are on 30 points along with England but ahead on net run-rate