West Indies coach Phil Simmons feels taking part in behind closed doorways in opposition to England will favour the visiting facet when worldwide cricket resumes subsequent month in a “bio-secure” surroundings in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Suspended since March as a result of lethal virus, worldwide cricket is about to be again when West Indies and England lock horns in a 3-match Test collection beginning July eight at Southampton.
“I don’t know if it will increase our chances, because both teams are under the same umbrella – for want of a better word,” Simmons stated in a video convention from the group’s coaching base right here. “The nice part for us is that 20,000 Englishmen raving for England, and that crowd support, it’s not there for them. So that in a way will help us, so it’s good from that point of view.”
Besides the absence of hostile English followers, Simmons stated lack of aggressive cricket might additionally harm the hosts in the collection. “England haven’t come from a tour recently, and we’ve just been playing cricket at home,” he stated.
“Because in a normal situation we would have been coming from camps and England would have been halfway through their season and the series would have been going on right now. So, I think that is a plus for us, because it evens out things a little bit, with the fact they haven’t been playing competitive cricket for a while also.”
Having overwhelmed England 2-1 in the Caribbean 18 months in the past, a tied collection would be sufficient for the West Indies to retain the Wisden Trophy. But Simmons admitted that the West Indies would miss the companies of Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Keemo Paul in the collection after the trio determined in opposition to travelling to the UK for the tour amid the pandemic.
“Unfortunately, a few guys decided not to come but we are here with the best squad that we can have here. And from the way we’ve started our work, the guys have been putting in, I think we’ll be ready and looking to defend our trophy. We know what we’ll be missing,” Simmons stated.
“But in situations like this we have to work hard with the guys who are here and make sure that what we’re doing is putting them in a position to fill those two shoes for the series. Hopefully whoever fills the shoes can go on and be as great as they want to be.”