KARACHI: West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has said that he sees Pakistan as a tough opponent and the hosts will be underdogs against the visiting side.
Talking to media in online press conference, the 58-year old former cricketer said that Pakistan has always been a tough side for West Indies.
“We've always had tough battles with Pakistan, with any Pakistan team that comes to the Caribbean or we go there. So, it is going to be another tough series,” he said.
“They have one well in the last two Test series and they're coming here on a high. We, even though, are at home, we are a little bit of underdog in this but we know that we're going to try to put everything into it and make sure that you know we come out on top,” Phil Simmons said about series against Pakistan.
He also emphasized on improve batting standards and highlighted that it is important for batsmen to score big runs more consistently and provide bowlers an opportunity to bowl the opponents out.
“It is the start of a new series and we will try to the best of our ability and make sure that things improve,” he said when asked about how changed things would be for West Indies in new ICC Test Championship cycle after not doing so good in previous cycle.
“I think we there's no hiding from the fact that our batting needs to improve and get to a healthy stage where we can score 400 in an innings on a more consistent basis. And the bowlers continue doing their job that they've been doing well in order for us to get high up so we have put in everything into making sure that our batting starts to improve,” he concluded.