Simmons: I'm looking for a “big one”
Bridgetown, Barbados – Lendl Simmons wants to be the man to “do the job” as the West Indies seek their first win against Pakistan in the Digicel One-Day International Series.
Since his return to the team at the start of the series, Simmons has been batting fluently. He played well at Beausejour Stadium with a spanking half-century in the seven-run victory in the Digicel T20, and made a stroke-filled 51, with four fours and two sixes, in the second Digicel ODI on Easter Monday.
“I’m feeling really good to be back in the West Indies team and I am trying to make my mark. In all three innings I have played so far I have managed to get a good start and I’m happy with the way I’m hitting the ball. I’m trying to build the platform at the top of the order. I know I am the one who can get the team off to the kind of start that is required. What I have to do now is go on and get a ‘big one’ and set-up a victory for the team,” Simmons said.
He was speaking after Wednesday’s training session at the 3Ws Oval at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. The Windies enter Thursday’s match 0-2 down in the five-match series. The match will be played at the historic Kensington Oval on National Heroes Day – a public holiday. First ball is 9.30 am (8.30 am Jamaica Time).
“Everyone knows that Kensington Oval is one of the best batting pitches in the region and it is one of the best places in the world to perform as a cricketer. There is a lot of history at the ground and the fans always come out and support good cricket. It is the perfect stage for us to get a win and get back into the series. This is the right stage and to come alive,” Simmons said.
The 26-year-old is seen as a three-dimensional cricketer. He bats at the top of the order, can keep wicket and can also bowl lively medium-pace. He is willing to do whatever is required to help the team win.
“I’m always looking to participate and do what is required. Whenever the captain calls on me I always put my hand up. I’ll always ready and willing to do the job.”
Squad for 3rd Digicel ODI: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith
Team Management Unit: Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), Richie Richardson (Team Manager), David Williams (Assistant Coach), Desmond Haynes (Batting Consultant), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Co-ordinator), Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst), Philip Spooner (Media Manager), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Digicel Series Schedule
Digicel ODI Series
April 28: Third Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval
May 2: Fourth Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval
May 5: Fifth Digicel ODI – Guyana National Stadium
May 8-9: Two-day practice match – Bourda Cricket Ground
May 12-16: First Digicel Test – Guyana National Stadium
May 20-24: Second Digicel Test – Warner Park