“[I feel] Well, from the point of view that every time I come out and every time I’m part of the West Indies, I give everything I can,” Simmons said ahead of the Adelaide Test. I will give everything. And let’s hope we can come out with a win, so I end on a high.
“We’ve lost one Test in a year, and it’s shown in the way we’ve played – especially the series against England where we had to fight for a few games and then come out on top in the last one – that there’s been some progress. What makes me happy is that people get better. [Blackwood]who is going into his 50th Test. [in Adelaide] And he was out for a while, now we see the difference. It’s the little things like that that make me happy.”
“My big hope for West Indies cricket is that we put things in order at home, we put things in place so that every team can start to improve and move up the ladder,” he said. “Think the Test team has shown the way so far. In the last few years, we haven’t had good success with the white ball. [cricket] But the talent is always there. What we do on earth to harness that talent will get us back to where we should be.
“Captain [Kraigg Brathwaite] Keeps setting the standard, and with Tage [Tagenarine] Next, think about setting that example for everyone else to follow. It is good for our batting line-up. [there’s] A lot of motivation and determination. [In] Bowling has done its job for the last few years, now comes the batting. Sooner or later it will all come together.”
“Think you can rule out this third period. That’s enough for me. I need to spend more time at home.”
“Over the next few years, the game is only going to get faster and faster,” he said. “We saw a Test in Pakistan and it’s just unbelievable; the game will continue to be like that. One-day cricket brought momentum to Test cricket, and now T20 is bringing momentum to both formats. We’ll see in the next few days. How quick it is. But the way you play depends on the tools you have. If we didn’t have the big shot makers that England have now, we would play our way. are
Simmons is keen to stay in cricket and will be the head coach of Dubai Capitals in the inaugural ILT20 next month. But on the prospect of a return to the West Indies, he said: “Think you can rule out that third round. That’s enough for me. I’ve got to spend more time at home.”