Lendl Simmons Biography
The nephew of Phil, Lendl Simmons was first picked for the West Indies at 21 in 2006 for the ODI series against Pakistan. He fell for a duck on debut, but bounced back with 70 in the next ODI and booked his spot for the ICC World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean.
He could not get going, and was dropped from the side in 2007. Two years later, he shot back into limelight when he smashed 282 against England in a tour game, which also won him a Test cap. He also made his way back to the ODI side, but could not establish himself until the Pakistan series in 2011, where he scored four consecutive fifties. Later that year, he smashed his first ton in ODIs against Bangladesh.
However, 2013-14 heralded brighter times for Simmons as he regained his spot in the national side. He was picked by Mumbai Indians for IPL 2014, and duly responded by being a prolific scorer. He also scored a ton against Kings XI Punjab.
Things only got better when he was awarded the Player of the Tournament in the CPL and was handed a piece of land in St Kitts. While Simmons’ numbers do not reflect the talent, there is promise for brighter times ahead. However, he may finish as a limited-overs player as his Test performances have been dismal so far.
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