Digital Desk, Hobart. After their 42-run loss to Scotland in their Pool B match in the first round of the ICC T20 World Cup, West Indies head coach Phil Simmons told his team they need to wake up and hit better now. .
Chasing 161 at the Bellerive Oval, the West Indies put in a poor showing and never seemed to chase the target. Mark Watt (3/12) and Michael Leask (14/2) shared five wickets between them and bowled 27 point balls.
Such was the batting performance of the two-time T20 World Cup winners that they started at 53/1 in 5.4 overs, dropping seven wickets for 26 runs between overs 6 and 13, to lose the match by 42 runs. Now his chances of qualifying for the Super 12 stage have been reduced.
Simmons said: I think everyone will be disappointed after watching today’s game. Our batting was unprofessional and we need to wake up and be as professional as we can be when we are batting, it seems the bowlers are working hard and putting us in good positions but the batsmen keep fumbling around.
Simmons explained why the West Indies batting collapse has been a frequent occurrence in T20s and was also reflected in Monday’s game. I don’t know. We haven’t even started questioning ourselves in the locker room yet. Let yourself freshen up a bit before letting them head to the locker room!
But I think it’s a lot of bad hitting. As a batsman, you have to pay close attention to your wicket. Every time we play we are up in run rate. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing against. But we keep losing ground. So I guess I’ve been trying to fix this for the past few months. It doesn’t seem to be fixed yet.
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