West Indies, who arrived in England on June 9 and educated in a bio-secure setting after that, beat the house aspect by 4 wickets on Sunday (July 12) on the ultimate day of the primary Test after the COVID-19 outbreak to take a 1-Zero lead within the three-match sequence.
“I think that has been the biggest influence on the performance. The fact that we’ve been here for that period of time, we’ve had quality bowling in the nets because we’ve had nearly 11 seamers here, you can’t put a price on that,” he stated on the eve of the second Test beginning at Old Trafford on Thursday (July 16).
“I don’t like to go back into my (playing) days, but we would come to England and play something like three or four proper warm-up games before the first Test, and we would also have three-day or four-day games in between the Test matches. So I think that period of training goes a long way to how we performed in that first Test.”
While praising the resolve of his gamers within the first Test, particularly Jermaine Blackwood’s decisive 95 on the ultimate day and Shannon Gabriel’s nine-wicket haul within the match, Simmons warned the West Indies cricketers to protect in opposition to complacency.
“For me it was an amazing win as a result of I believe that it signified a whole lot of onerous work being finished by the gamers during the last 4 or 5 weeks. It was a top-class Test match, with good cricket performed by each groups, and even coming all the way down to the final hour, it may have gone both method.
“But you guard in opposition to complacency by simply attempting to do the identical belongings you did earlier than the primary Test. Right now that Test match is historical past. We’ve obtained to be fascinated with what we do from Thursday to Monday,” the 57-year-old former all-rounder stated.
He stated the primary Test win is “historical past” and the main focus ought to now be on the second match right here.
“You do not come to England and simply win a Test match,” he stated.
“To come out on high. It’s been nice for us, and it was necessary since you do not wish to should chase England in England. So the chasing is from their viewpoint now.”
Simmons, particularly, heaped reward on pacer Gabriel, who was initially not in West Indies’ first-choice 14, however was later added to the squad after he proved his health put up his return from an ankle surgical procedure.
“The hardest time for bowlers, after bowling from the morning, is that final session,” Simmons stated.
“To see him (Gabriel) and Alzarri (Joseph) come up trumps in that session is so pleasing to us. With him getting back from that ankle surgical procedure and dealing as onerous he has labored since we have been right here, it was a pleasure to see him profitable in that interval.”
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