Simmons concerned about Windies fitness

May 26, 2020

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Windies head coach Phil Simmons has identified fitness as a key component during the ongoing lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is hopeful the Test squad will be at an acceptable standard of readiness if the proposed tour of England goes ahead.

Simmons says players had been undergoing fitness regimes - mostly at home - over the last month, and some had even stepped up outdoor preparation as their respective territories had eased curfew restrictions.

"For the past four weeks or a little bit more than that, guys have been given different programmes and have been asked to even though they are locked away - because some territories had locked down very early - [to] find a room in their house or in their backyard to do work and keep themselves at a certain level of fitness," the former West Indies player told i95FM Sport here.

"As places have opened up, guys have been in some places been able to run on the beach and in other places go run outside but the training itself has been stepped up.

"And even now it (Caribbean) has opened up a little more, you have a few guys who can go out and bowl on a pitch somewhere just to get their rhythm back so that's how you have to progress.""I don't think that at this stage they're enough facilities open where you can go and practice but they're a few grounds where bowlers themselves can go and bowl.

"There are no batsmen, only spot bowling, and we hope that this develops and develops and by the time if the tour comes off and we're ready to leave, everybody would've done something at home."

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