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Simmons unsure of Windies batting role

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Tuesday, November 12 2013

WEST Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons, is looking forward to the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against India but is unsure of whether he will open the batting.

The Windies face India three ODIs starting on November 21 in Kochi.

Simmons is facing fierce competition for one of the opening spots with the likes of Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles and Kieran Powell also in the squad.

“I don’t think that I will be opening. I haven’t opened for the last couple of matches for West Indies. It doesn’t matter where I come in. I’m comfortable wherever I have to bat. You just have to get a good start and make runs,” the right-hander explained.

With the domestic season in Trinidad in its offseason, Simmons last competitive stint was in the Twenty20 Champions League in India in

early October. He noted, though, that he is not overly concerned about his lack of match practice going into what is expected to be a tough series.

“I’ve not been doing much practice in the nets. I’ve just been playing football and doing more fitness work,” he continued.

Asked whether at the age of 28 he should be cementing his spot on the regional side, Simmons said, “Cementing a spot on the West Indies team is never easy. You have to be consistent for a long period of time and getting runs frequently,” the Merry Boys batsmen added.

Commenting on his omission from the Windies Test team currently battling India, Simmons, who scored a 100 and three half-centuries in the last four-day season, explained that he can play all formats of the game.

“I like all versions of the game. At the end of the day the game is about runs (and) not how long you stay there. However you bat, if it works for you then that is what is important. I won’t change my (attacking) style of batting,” he declared.

Meanwhile, the Guyana Amazon Warriors batsman, one of the top performers at the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) explained that playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not an obsession for him.

“Everyone looks forward to playing in the IPL but I’m not worried that I haven’t played in it, what is for you is for you. I won’t go out of my way to impress (the franchises) just play my natural game,” he concluded.

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