Phil Simmons admits West Indies needs to work hard to make series even: His inexperienced team might have been outclassed by India in the opening Test but West Indies chief coach Phil Simmons believes there is no need to be demoralized and urged his boys to work hard and make it even in the second match of the four-Test series.

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 and they just need to work on their weakness.

Phil Simmons
Phil Simmons

India recorded an emphatic win over West Indies in the Antigua Test where it defeated the host by an innings and 92 runs in the game that ended on the fourth day.

“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.

“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,” he added.

“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, who has scored 1002 runs from 26 Test matches.