WI vs SA: We let ourselves go at bat, says Phil Simmons on series loss

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West Indies coach Phil Simmons said after the T20I series loss to South Africa on Saturday that while the bowling and fielding were “excellent”, the team fell badly at bat. .

The West Indies suffered a 25-point loss to the Proteas in the fifth and final T20I as they lost the five-game series 2-3.

“I think from a bowling and pitch point of view it’s been great. On that wicket, keeping the team at 160 was brilliant. But I think on the batting side, we let ourselves down every time. game so far except the first game where we continued racing in 15 overs, ”said Simmons in a video posted by Cricket West Indies (CWI).

“So that’s something we have to look at and make sure, especially on the 7-14s, that we improve. We are learning to deal with that in order to get proper scores,” said the ex-player. West Indies cricket. .

On whether the middle order required changes, Simmons said, “I think there (there has to be) a tactical and technical change. You have to assess what situation we are in and from that. situation, you have to be able to formulate a plan to score points. We have to score in this section. Tactically, we missed. “

Simmons praised South African wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. Shamsi, named “player of the series,” disturbed the hosts’ batting order with seven wickets in five games at a save rate of just four.

“He played excellent bowling. He played lengths that we couldn’t reach for him. He put us in trouble throughout the series.”

The Trinidadian has said his team will need to play smart in the middle of the overs. “We have to think a little more. We have to be a little smarter in our cricket. We just have to think about how we do things and think about how we are going to score in these overs (7-14) to define things for the back. We’ve been good at the back. But we have to work on the mid section. “

The West Indies’ next mission is a five-game T20I series against Australia in St. Lucia starting July 9.

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