Test hopefuls assemble for High Performance camp

 West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has assembled a group of 14 players for a one-week high performance camp focusing on batting and spin bowling.

The players, some of whom have played at the international level, have been invited to attend as West Indies look ahead to the upcoming Test match schedule.

Imran Khan at the Malcolm Marshall Nets at the 3Ws Oval. Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography

The training sessions, which started last weekend, are being conducted under the guidance of the Head Coach at the West Indies High Performance Centre at the 3Ws Oval.

Cricket - West Indies Nets - Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua - 12/4/15. West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons during nets. Action Images via Reuters / Jason O'Brien
West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons during nets. Images via Reuters / Jason O’Brien

According to Simmons, “The camp is specifically for batsmen and spin bowlers. At this stage, we want the batsmen to focus on getting better against the slow bowlers. We want bowlers to look at ways to improve their art of spin bowling. In the coming months we will have Test matches against India and Pakistan – two higher ranked teams – so we know we will face a lot of spin and we will play against players who are good players of spin. So this camp is planned with those factors in mind.”

Simmons added: “The list of players for this camp does not mean that they have already been selected to play the Test matches. The squads for the India and Pakistan matches will be named at a later date. We have chosen players to work on certain specific areas and to have a closer look at their techniques and skill sets, as we look to prepare for what is ahead of us.”

Kraigg Brathwaite at the Garfield Sobers indoor centre at the 3Ws Oval.(Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography)

West Indies are due to play four Tests against India in July and August in the Caribbean and three Tests away to Pakistan in September and October. Another camp, for the West Indies squad for the Tri Nation 50-over series will be held later this month. The players for that camp will be named in the coming days.

LIST OF PLAYERS:

Kraigg Brathwaite

Rajendra Chandrika

Shai Hope

Jermaine Blackwood

Shane Dowrich

Leon Johnson

Vishal Singh

Roston Chase

Shamarh Brooks

John Campbell

Imran Khan

Gudekesh Moti-Kanhai

Damion Jacobs

Jomel Warrican

4 Responses to Test hopefuls assemble for High Performance camp

  1. Meakai May 17, 2016 at 12:41 am

    One week eh?

    When West Indies ruled the cricketing world that would have been more than enough. These days one week is not even enough time to discuss what needs to be done.

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  2. Alex Alleyne May 17, 2016 at 5:47 am

    WICB JUST NOT SERIOUS ABOUT TEST CRICKET. HAVING A
    BUNCH OF “GREEN” YOUNGSTERS IN A “ONE-WEEK CAMP” THAT WILL GO UP AGAINST 2 OF THE BEST TEST TEAMS IN THE BUSINESS. LOL,LOL,LOL.

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  3. David May 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    West Indies are going to win the upcoming series against India and Pakistan.The West Indies will also win the Tri-Series against Australia &South Africa. Please give the coaches and those in charge a chance.We have a crop of very good young exciting cricketers.

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  4. gerald laurie May 18, 2016 at 12:43 am

    west indies should remove phil simmons has head coach. it is very sad, caribbean techniques should not be base on other country .it is an insult to our cricket . simmons is coaching the wrong team. we produce world class cricketers with different style. has coach he should help them to develop they techinque not to change them , curtly ambrose is one of caribbean greatest bowlers

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