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West Indies coach Phil Simmons has hailed the Test side, who recently clean-swept Bangladesh 2-0, and said he appreciates the healthy competition between the newcomers and the senior members of the team.
Senior players like Test captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer didn’t fly with the team in Bangladesh due to corona insecurities but young guns like Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua da Silva, Kyle Mayers made the Caribbeans irresistible with their great performances throughout the series.
After such a performance, Windies coach said that he wants such a competition among the cricketers of the team. At the same time, he expects the players to fight for their place.
“As a coach, selector this is what you want. You want the players to fight for the place, they know they have to perform whenever they get the chance because they know other players is ready to take the place. This is how your cricket will move forward.” Simmons said before leaving Dhaka.
Mayers made his Test debut in Chittagong. He brought the Tigers to the ground by scoring a double century in that match. Bonner, Da Silva also shone with the bat throughout the series. The Caribbean coach is happy that they performed well on pressure.
"I think it will open their eyes to how difficult Test cricket is. You have to work hard to perform. I think it's a great thing for them. Fortunately, there are experienced cricketers around them, Blackwood [Jermaine Blackwood], Brathwaite [Kraigg Brathwaite] in terms of batting. It was good for them to face the pressure, but it was also good that they got someone experienced for advice.”