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Revealed: July 4, 2020 6:09:54 pm

We’re drawing inspiration from 2017 Headingley win: Phil Simmons
West Indies coach Phil Simmons says his staff should keep away from early debacles which have usually affected its abroad campaigns and take inspiration from the 2017 Headingley Take a look at win to begin the three-match sequence towards England on the entrance foot.
A batting failure noticed West Indies lose the opening match towards England in Birmingham by an innings and 209 runs throughout their final Take a look at tour in 2017. However they staged a outstanding comeback within the second Take a look at, chasing down 322 to file a five-wicket win in Headingley.
“We are drawing on that. The test match before Headingley we were horrible and that seems to be like that most times we go on tour. We are trying to make sure that bad match is taken out of the equation and we start properly,” Simmons stated through the ‘Cricket, on the Inside’ webinar on Friday.
“We are playing against one of the best test teams in the world and we need to start on the front foot. We’re trying to bring back memories of Headingley and get the psychology right.”
The three-match Take a look at sequence, which is able to mark the resumption of worldwide cricket following the coronavirus-forced break, begins at Agaes bowl in Southamption in a bio-secure surroundings on July 8.
The West Indies staff has a world class tempo assault that includes the likes of Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder and Oshane Thomas however it’s their batting that has not been in a position to dwell as much as expectations.
The 57-year-old Simmons stated the batting unit is making an attempt to get into the perfect psychological state forward of the sequence.
“I think the batters have worked hard on getting to a mental stage of where they need to be because most of them have scored runs here,” he stated.
“(Shai) Hope has bought back-to-back a whole lot right here. It’s about attending to the psychological stage the place you’re ready for a take a look at match in England, as a result of it’s totally different to many different locations.
“The next three days of practice is about sharpening up the skills. But mentality is the big thing.”
The Take a look at sequence can be held behind closed doorways as a consequence of COVID-19 pandemic and Simmons stated it’d have an effect on a number of seniors however for many it gained’t be a problem to play with out spectators.
“I think maybe … the senior guys it might affect a few of them because they are used to sold-out matches in England. But in the Caribbean there’s not much crowds for test so we are kind of accustomed to that,” he stated.
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