Barbados: New head coach of the West Indies cricket team, Phil Simmons says he was startled by his side’s batting display against England on the morning of the final day of the second Test in Grenada. Resuming the final day on 202/2 with a lead of 37 runs, the West Indies lost their last eight wickets for 105 runs, to be all out for 307. The Caribbean team surrendered a strong position, allowing England to win the Test by nine wickets and lead the series 1-0, reports CMC. “You hear people talk about how bad this is or how bad that is. But when you’re in the camp, it’s not all as bad as people say. But there has been nothing as startling as the way we batted on the last morning in Grenada. There is learning to be done,” said Simmons. They lost six wickets for 84 runs in the first session on the final day as James Anderson tore through the middle-order with the new ball. Simmons, a former West Indies all-rounder, described the batting as “reckless”, adding they lost because of “negligence”.

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