West India coach Phil Simmons hopes his tempo attack will be improved to lead the team to a first-ever Test series win against South Africa when the teams meet in St.
The wicket at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground looks like the sailors will like it, which is a strength of both sides and, according to Simmons, gives his team the best chance at bowling the tourists twice.
“The improvement I want to see for this series is our ability to take 20 wickets,” he told reporters. “We made helpful pitches in Bangladesh, and when the pitch in Antigua (versus Pakistan) wasn’t helpful, we had problems.
“Our fast bowling division has long been strong. They are the ones who kept us in games and played teams when it didn’t seem likely.”
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South Africa is a team in upheaval that has lost a number of older players into retirement in recent years, especially in the batting department. But Simmons warned his side not to be complacent.
“Every team you face has to look for ways to exploit it. They are very strong at the top with the captain (Dean Elgar) and later with guys like (Quinton) de Kock.
“We have to improve and be 100% better than our last game. We’re up to six (in the test standings) and that’s just the beginning.
“We want to be at the top and have to play like we want to be there.”
The West Indies have only won three of their 28 Tests against South Africa, the last win in 2007. This is the first time since 2015 that they have met in a longer format.