Simmons focusing on new batting tactics

KINGSTON – West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said his side will use the Ireland and England Twenty20 assignments later this month to revamp their batting approach, as the Caribbean side look to rebuild in the wake of a disastrous ICC Men’s T20 World Cup last year.

West Indies flattered to deceive at the global showpiece in the United Arab Emirates, losing four of their five matches to finish one from bottom of their group, and missed out on a semi-final spot.

With several changes made to the Windies squad since then, Simmons said much of the focus would now be on rehabilitating the batting to achieve larger and more competitive totals.

“We’ve always been trying to do things a little bit different and to step up things in the way we bat,” Simmons said.

“I think our batting is what we’re going to focus on a lot because we need to be making the 160s, the 180s to challenge (other teams), and our bowling seems to be ready to defend scores like that.” (CMC)

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