West Indies head coach Phil Simmons is frustrated for not getting the strengthen squad in the Test cricket at the international level. On Thursday, Simmons told the media at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), “I’m totally frustrated.”
Simmons elaborated, “It’s enjoyable to see (Andre) Russell bowling at 140 clicks and (Dwayne) Bravo hitting three or four sixes and Chris (Gayle) in (playing the Big Bash). It is frustrating that we don’t have them yet playing in a Test series, but it’s something that’s been going on for a while.”
Simmons said that the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) has responsibilities to find a solution. Simmons said, “It’s up to our administration and our bosses to find out how is the best way that we can get these guys on the pitch.”
West Indies is currently suffering in the longest format at the international level due to the inexperience. Where the most of the senior players are performing well in the various T20 leagues, the Caribbean Test team is suffering due to lack of experience.
Chris Gayle, who has played the 100 Test matches, last played the Test for the national side in over a year ago. Andre Russell has played his only Test five years ago.
Dwayne Bravo had retired from the longest format at five years ago for focusing the limited-over cricket. He represented only 40 Tests for his country. Also, Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons had quit Test cricket.
Simmons took the example from the New Zealand cricket. He said, “It’s up to the administration to work out how we get to the stage of, let’s say New Zealand because they have similar things and they are getting all their players to play.”
West Indies will face Australia in the second Test at the MCG from the “Boxing Day”. Australia lead the three-match Test series 1-0, as West Indies had suffered a heavy defeat in the first Test by an innings and 212 runs at Hobart in two weeks ago.