Batter needs improvement, but Phil Simmons underperforms WI

HOBART, Tasmania — West Indies head coach Phil Simmons struggled to explain his side’s shock exit from the Twenty20 World Cup, but pointed to inept batting performances as one of the reasons for their poor performance.

Needing to beat Ireland here on Friday, West Indies instead suffered a heavy nine-wicket defeat to finish bottom of their four-team qualifying group and miss out on a place in the all-important Super 12.

“I think we didn’t play cricket well enough to be there the way we would be,” he lamented after the defeat at Bellerive Oval.

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“We have the batsmen, the abilities. We just didn’t put it together. Our bowlers show up nine times out of 10, but the batters haven’t really shown up.

“I think every hitter will be disappointed with what they produced, not just at the World Cup, but right before the World Cup and everything.”

He added: “We have to go back and the batsmen have to look at each other and figure out how we score 170, 180 runs to be in the game because the bowlers are doing their job.”

West Indies went just 145 for five of their 20 overs after choosing to strike first, with only Brandon King with an unbeaten 62 on 48 balls displaying any real business.

Defending the modest target, West Indies were placed under early pressure from veteran fly-half Paul Stirling who scored the highest with an unbeaten 66 from 48 deliveries, anchoring two successive half-century stands that erased any doubt over the result.

Simmons was quick to dismiss any idea that the West Indies had underestimated Ireland.

“We have worked hard. We prepared well,” he explained.

“It’s just the day we didn’t do the right things. We did not assess the situation properly on the day and do what is necessary for the situation.

“I don’t think there was any disrespect [for Ireland] On our part. We prepared as if we were playing against someone else.

He added: “I don’t know. We have to go back and look at our structure and the way we play the game and make sure that when we come to competitions and when we play in bilateral series, we are ready and able to do what is necessary for each situation of the Game. “

The West Indies lost their opening Group B qualifier against Scotland by 42 points on Monday, forcing them to beat both Zimbabwe and Ireland to reach the Super 12.

However, as they beat Zimbabwe by 31 points on Wednesday, Ireland proved too much for the two-time former champions.

Last year, West Indies also endured a grueling campaign at the 2021 T20 World Cup when they lost four of five first-round games to miss the semi-finals.

-CMC

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