Phil Simmons
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The West Indies will take on Australia in the second and final Test of the two-match series at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Thursday, December 8. The Windies suffered a 164-run loss in the first match of the series.

Marnus Labuschagne scored a double century and a century in two innings, Steve Smith also got a brilliant double century and Nathan Lyon had a brilliant six-wicket performance in the second innings.

After the West Indies team was eliminated early from the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 after failing to advance past the first round, Phil Simmons announced his resignation as the team’s coach. They displayed some encouraging signs in their Test cricket under Simmons’ second coaching tenure, which started in October 2019, with a one-wicket victory over Pakistan and a 2-0 away victory over Bangladesh, when they chased 395 to win the first Test and won the second by 17 runs.

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I Give Everything I Can – Phil Simmons

West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes he has given his all to the role and the foundations have been laid for their Test cricket revival. Phil Simmons promised that they’ll give it their all over the next six days, as he wants to leave on a strong note.

“[I feel] good, from the point of view that every time I come out and every time I’m part of West Indies, I give everything I can give,” Simmons said ahead of the Adelaide Test. “I will give all for the next six days and let’s hope we can come out with a win, so I finish on a high.

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“We’ve lost one Test in a year, and it’s shown in the way we’ve played – especially the series against England where we had to fight for a few games then come out on top in the last – that some progress has been made.

“For me, the joy is seeing people improve. You’ve had Jermaine [Blackwood], who is going into his 50th Test [in Adelaide] and he was out for a while, now we see the difference in him. It’s little things like that that bring joy to me.”

Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the second Test and the veteran Australian batter Steven Smith will lead the squad. Scott Boland has replaced him in the playing XI. The fast bowler has not played a Test since the three Ashes Tests against England last year.

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