Simmons backs WI to stage Melbourne fightback

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has promised a fightback from his team when they face-off against Australia in the second Test match bowling off Boxing Day in Melbourne.

The Windies lost the series-opener by a huge margin but have regrouped and will be looking to make amends in the second match, as they try to make up for their huge disappointing showing in Hobart last week.

Simmons told reporters his team had reflected, analysed where they had gone wrong and were now anxious to show their quality.

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“The guys sat down and they know exactly what they have to do and they know that they’re capable of doing it. It’s not like it’s out of their league,” Simmons said.

He was speaking at the Simonds Stadium here as West Indies held a training session on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of their two-day tour match against the Cricket Victoria XI starting Saturday.

From here, they will take the one-hour drive to Melbourne to start preparation for the Boxing Day contest.

Simmons said the both the batting and bowling departments needed to prove their worth.

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