Coach Simmons thrilled with Windies character
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has praised the character of his side after they beat England by five wickets in the third Test here Sunday, to level the three-match series.
Set 192 for victory, the West Indies reached their target late in the evening at Kensington Oval on Sunday at the Barbados National Stadium, to record their first win over England in six years and only the third in the last 15 years, reports CMC.
And Simmons, who took over at the helm of the squad just before the start of the series, said the victory meant a lot to the side, especially following the results in the first two Tests.
“I can’t say about (what it means for) West Indies cricket in general but I know for the Test team it’s been huge because the guys have worked hard for the last four weeks,” Simmons told a post-match media conference on Sunday.
“To have played so well in Antigua and Grenada and not come out with anything, you saw the determination of the guys - especially the bowlers - to come out of this with something so it’s huge for us.”
He added: “That’s the biggest thing I can take from it that everybody showed character because for the bowlers to bowl out England for such a low score in the second innings, just shows massive character coming out at this early stage of my tenure so it’s great for me to see.”