Simmons: 'We have to hit our straps in Kingston'

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has urged his team to work hard and even the series in the second Test against India.

Simmons..."We need to play well and then we will see where we are as a unit."   -  AP

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has urged his team to work hard and even the series in the second Test against India. India > defeated the host by an innings and 92 runs in Antigua.

"We know we didn't play well and I think that is the good thing about it. If we had played well and we got beaten like that, then something would be wrong. So, we didn't play well and we just have to make sure that we hit our straps when we are here," Simmons was quoted as saying by the West Indian daily Jamaica Observer.

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"You can't be demoralised with one Test out of four because there are still three Test matches to go. You don't look for excuses, you look for reasons why you do things wrong and the reason is that we didn't bowl well and we didn't bat well. So we have to do both of them well and we can't ask for anything else," said Simmons, who is heading the team since last year.

Both the teams arrived here on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the second encounter of the four-Test series, starting on July 30.

'No excuses'

West Indies has a young and inexperienced team but Simmons feels youthfulness of the squad can't be an excuse and there is no dearth of talent in his side. The team members just need to work on their weaknesses.

"We can't make any excuse about youthful team. If you are there in the team you need to bat and you need to bowl, so we just didn't bowl well and we didn't put on enough partnerships when we batted," he said.

"So it is a case of having to make sure that we do everything that matters in this match to make the series even. This is what we have and we need to make use of what we have and perform.

"We have to work hard on what we didn't do well. If we do things well then we can say it's the best we have, but we have to do things well first. We need to play well and then we will see where we are as a unit," said Simmons.

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