The West Indies suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the just-concluded ODI series against Bangladesh.© AFP
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons thinks the warm-up match is the perfect opportunity for the men from the Caribbean to complete their mental and physical preparation for the upcoming Test Series against Bangladesh. Prior to the first test between Bangladesh and the West Indies on Feb. 3, the Windies and Bangladesh Cricket Board XI are currently paying a three-day practice mat.
The West Indies showed persistence and determination against New Zealand last month, but failed to cross the line in the Test series. Coach Simmons believes this Test series will be a lot more competitive as the squad now has experienced players to rely on.
“The main thing I’m looking for is an understanding of how they’re going to fare in these upcoming games. It’s up to them in this three-day game to put things together and make sure they know how they’re going to score when the time is coming, ”said Simmons in a video posted on the Windies Cricket website.
“A wicket is only easy when you see it. It’s all up to the fast bowlers. If we use our potential and really plan and work hard during the game, it could be. I think they (Bangladesh) know the test. wouldn’t be as simple as the ODI series, but we still have to play well, ”he added.
Bangladesh whitewashed the West Indies 3-0 in the ODIs. It was a tough streak for the visitors as their batsmen failed to put battle totals on the board – with 177 in the third ODI as their highest total in the run.
“Right now they are facing as many spinners and net bowlers as possible and just trying to figure out what to do,” said Simmons.
“And when it comes to bowling, everywhere you go in the world there are different lengths, different lines, so they need to know how they will adapt,” he added.
The result 3-0 at home brought Bangladesh to second place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League points table, as they are on 30 points along with England but are ahead in net run rate.
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