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West Indies confident after winning Test series versus England: Head coach Phil Simmons


West Indies defeated England 1-0 in the three-Test match series in March this year to clinch the maiden Richards–Botham Trophy.

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons during a training session. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • West Indies beat England to win 2-Test match series
  • West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 7 wickets in 1st Test
  • Kemar Roach took 7 wickets in 1st Test of ongoing series

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said that the team is much more confident about expressing themselves since winning the Test series against England.

West Indies defeated England 1-0 in the three-Test match series in March this year to clinch the maiden RichardsBotham Trophy. The trophy replaced the Wisden Trophy, which was retired after the 2020 series between the two sides.

“It’s just that guys are getting confidence in what they are doing,” Simmons was quoted as saying.

“The more confidence they get, the easier it is to do your job and perform your role for the team. There’s a lot of confidence after winning the series against England not too long ago so confidence is there and it shows.”

Following the series defeat, England Test captain Joe Root stepped down from the role. The England and Wales Cricket Board appointed Ben Stokes as Root’s successor.

Meanwhile, Kraigg Brathwaite-led West Indies went from strength to strength. West Indies wrapped up the first Test against Bangladesh on Day 4, winning by seven wickets at North Sound.

Kemar Roach picked up seven wickets, including a five-wicket haul, and Brathwaite was the second highest run-scorer with 95 runs in the first Test.

West Indies will take on Bangladesh in the second Test at Gros Islet from June 24.



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