GROS ISLET (St Lucia): West Indies head coach Phil Simmons is trying to his enhancing tempo assault to steer the facet to a first-ever Check collection victory over South Africa when the groups begin the primary of two matches in St Lucia on Thursday.
The taking part in floor on the Daren Sammy Cricket Floor seems as if it would swimsuit the seamers, which is a energy of either side, and in accordance with Simmons offers his group with the perfect likelihood of bowling the vacationers out twice.
“The development I wish to see for this collection is our capacity to take 20 wickets,” he instructed reporters on Monday. “We did in Bangladesh on useful pitches, and when the pitch was not useful in Antigua [against Pakistan], we struggled.
“Our fast-bowling division has been robust for lengthy now. They’re those which have saved us in matches, bowling out groups when it didn’t seem possible.”
South Africa are a group in transition having misplaced quite a few senior gamers to retirement lately, particularly within the batting division. However former West Indies all-rounder Simmons has warned his facet to not be complacent.
“Any group you come up towards, it’s a must to search for the place you possibly can exploit them. They’re very robust on the prime with the captain [Dean Elgar] after which later down the order with guys like [Quinton] de Kock.
“Now we have to step it up and be one hundred pc higher than we had been once we performed our final recreation. We’re as much as six [in the Test rankings] and that’s simply the beginning of issues. We wish to be up on the prime and we’ve got to play as if we wish to be there.”
West Indies have gained solely three of their 28 Checks towards South Africa, the final victory in 2007. This would be the first time they’ve met within the longer format since 2015.
Printed in Daybreak, June ninth, 2021