West Indies “didn’t show up” in Ireland drubbing: Coach Phil Simmons | Cricket News


HOBART (Australia): Head Coach Phil Simmons said his West Indies team “didn’t turn up” and it was back to the drawing board after Ireland dumped the two-time champions out of the Twenty20 World Cup on Friday.
The West Indies’ World Cup ended in the first round at Hobart, a far cry from the title in 2012 and 2016 and the latest disappointment for the once mighty Caribbean side.
They similarly won just one game at last year’s World Cup.
“We just didn’t turn up today,” Simmons said after the West Indies were thrashed by Ireland by nine wickets in a must-win game to advance to the Super 12 stage.
Disciplined bowling restricted the West Indies to 146-5, with Gareth Delany taking a career-best 3-16, before the Irish raced to their target for the loss of just one wicket with 15 balls to spare.
“We got off to a good start with the bat, but we just didn’t get going,” Simmons added.
“I think if you sum it up, we were outplayed in all departments today. They bowled well. We batted well at the start but didn’t carry on, and they just batted well and batted us out of the game.”
The West Indies entered the tournament in Australia with a new look team led by Nicholas Pooran after the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard retired. Andre Russell was overlooked.
Simmons reflected on the West Indies’ dramatic fall from the top: “We’ve got the batsmen, the ability, we just haven’t put it together.
“Our bowlers turn up nine times out of 10, but the batsmen didn’t really turn up.
“We have to go back and look at our structure and how we play the game and make sure that when we come to competitions and when we play in bilateral series, we are ready and able to do what is needed for every situation of the match. .”


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