West Indies climbing to 6th spot in ICC Test rankings just a start - Phil Simmons ahead of South Africa Test

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Ahead of the archetypal Test vs South Africa connected Thursday, West Indies manager Phil Simmons has said that team's emergence successful the ICC Test rankings is conscionable a start. West Indies are presently ranked 6th, a spot supra South Africa successful the Test rankings.

West Indies volition look South Africa successful the archetypal Test from Thursday (Courtesy- Windies Cricket)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Windies manager Phil Simmons has said that his broadside volition amended their ranking further during Test bid vs SA
  • West Indies are presently ranked 6th successful the ICC Test rankings
  • Simmons besides talked astir the betterment West Indies are aiming astatine during South Africa Tests

Ahead of the archetypal trial versus South Africa from Thursday, West Indies manager Phil Simmons has said that his squad which precocious jumped to the 6th spot successful ICC Test rankings volition purpose to ascent higher by giving amended performances than the past.

In May, West Indies had leapfrogged the likes of Sri Lanka and South Africa to inhabit the 6th spot. The maturation and advancement was the effect of a memorable 2-0 triumph distant successful Bangladesh and the hard-fought 0-0 gully successful the Test Series astatine location against Sri Lanka.

"We person to measurement it up and beryllium 100% amended than we were erstwhile we played our past game. We are up to six (in the trial rankings) and that is conscionable the commencement of things.

"We privation to beryllium up astatine the apical and we person to play arsenic though we privation to beryllium there," West Indies manager Phil Simmons has said.

Simmons added that West Indies are looking to amended their gait onslaught to registry their archetypal ever Test bid (of much than 1 match) triumph implicit South Africa.

The wicket astatine the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground looks arsenic though it volition suit the seamers, which is simply a spot of some sides, and according to Simmons provides his squad with the champion accidental of bowling the Dean Elgar's broadside doubly successful St Lucia.

"The betterment I would similar to spot for this bid is our quality to instrumentality 20 wickets," helium told reporters. "We did successful Bangladesh connected adjuvant pitches, and erstwhile the transportation was not adjuvant successful Antigua (against Pakistan), we struggled.

"Our accelerated bowling section has been beardown for agelong now. They are the ones that person kept america successful matches, bowling retired teams erstwhile it did not look likely."

South Africa are a squad successful modulation having mislaid a fig of elder players to status successful caller years, particularly successful the batting department. But Simmons has warned his broadside not to beryllium complacent.

"Any squad you travel up against, you person to look for wherever you tin exploit them. They are precise beardown astatine the apical with the skipper (Dean Elgar) and past aboriginal down the bid with guys similar (Quinton) de Kock," Simmon stated.

West Indies person won lone 3 of their 28 tests against South Africa, with the past triumph coming successful 2007. This volition beryllium the archetypal clip they person met successful the longest format of the crippled since 2015.

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