NORTH SOUND – Phil Simmons might still be in the embryonic stages as West Indies’ head coach but the strapping Trinidadian is pushing hard to deliver success and give birth to a new vision.
As the West Indies and England teams assembled at the Vivian Richards Stadium here yesterday for practice, the regional side looked a fresher, more professional and organised outfit under Simmons’ watch ahead of the first cricket Test match, which starts today.
Unlike the majority of diehard West Indies followers, Simmons is not as pessimistic about his team’s chances in this series which is likely to be watched at the ground by more English fans than locals.
It was clear the 51-year-old coach was pushing the team harder and working vigorously to iron out some errors in the nets, when the side was watched by chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd and colleagues Courtney Walsh and Courtney Browne.
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