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England vs West Indies 2020 | Putting Pressure on Batsmen to Score Centuries: WI Coach

West Indies coach Phil Simmons challenged his batsmen to get among the runs as they need to chase down an imposing 399-run target

Reuters |July 27, 2020, 8:33 AM IST
England vs West Indies 2020 | Putting Pressure on Batsmen to Score Centuries: WI Coach

West Indies coach Phil Simmons challenged his batsmen to get among the runs as they need to chase down an imposing 399-run target to win the deciding test against England at Old Trafford.

The tourists have their backs to the wall after slumping to 10-2 at the close on Sunday, with the series level at 1-1.

“We haven’t had any centuries in this series so I’m always going to be putting pressure on them to go out there and get it,” Simmons told a news conference.

“The wicket is still a good wicket to bat on, so they have to set themselves a target of getting a big score on this wicket. We’ve got to show that determination to get those big scores.

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“Tomorrow is only the fourth day so we’ve got a lot of time to bat,” added Simmonds, ignoring the weather forecast that suggests much of Monday’s play will be rained out.

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That was the catalyst for England accelerating the run rate and declaring their second innings on 226-2 on Sunday before putting the West Indies into bat for the last six overs of the day.

Stuart Broad, who took 6-31 in the first innings, snagged both opener John Campbell and nightwatchman Kemar Roach before the close, handing the home side a massive advantage.

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