Spin camp for West Indies players
BRIDGETOWN – West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons has assembled a group of 14 players in a one-week high performance camp focusing on batting and spin bowling.
The players, some of whom have played at the international level, have been invited to attend as West Indies look ahead to the upcoming Test match schedule.
The training sessions, which started last weekend, are being conducted under the guidance of Simmons at the West Indies High Performance Centre at the 3Ws Oval.
He said: “The camp is specifically for batsmen and spin bowlers. At this stage, we want the batsmen to focus on getting better against the slow bowlers. We want bowlers to look at ways to improve their art of spin bowling. In the coming months we will have Test matches against India and Pakistan – two higher ranked teams – so we know we will face a lot of spin and we will play against players who are good players of spin. So this camp is planned with those factors in mind.”
Simmons also said this was by no means a definitive squad for the upcoming Test series.
“The list of players for this camp does not mean that they have already been selected to play the Test matches. The squads for the India and Pakistan matches will be named at a later date. We have chosen players to work on certain specific areas and to have a closer look at their techniques and skill sets, as we look to prepare for what is ahead of us.”
West Indies are due to play four Tests against India in July and August in the Caribbean and three Tests away to Pakistan in September and October.
Another camp, for the West Indies squad for the Tri Nation 50-over series, will be held later this month. The players for that camp will be named in the coming days.
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