Lendl Simmons eager to carry momentum in Tests

Lendl Simmons said he will have a different approach in test cricket as opposed to his batting in the recently-concluded One-Day International (ODI) series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dhaka: Oct 20, 2011

West Indian batsman lendl Simmons feels he is a great opportunity to cement his place in the Test team after his inclusion in the side due to an injury to opener Adrian Barath.

Simmons was quoted in CricketWorld as saying, “I m happy to be called into the Test squad,” he said. “It s a good opportunity for me. It comes at a very good time as I m in good form with the bat. I m playing very well and feeling quite comfortable and confident. I had a good ODI Series so the aim is to kick on and get some big scores in the Test Series as well.

“This is a chance for me to put everything right and look to cement a spot. It s a matter of concentrating hard. When I get a start I know I have to look to build on that and make the most of every opportunity. I have made some big scores at first-class level so I know that in the long version of the game you have to be patient and build a foundation.

“Facing the new ball at this level is always a challenge but at this stage in my career I believe I am more mature and better able to handle the pressure situations. The main job is to assess the pitch, the conditions and the bowlers from early and look to get a start. After that you have to look to build and capitalise on those good starts. Test cricket gives you the opportunity and allows you the time to do just that.”

Simmons although has struggled in test cricket but his recent good form in One-Day Internationals against Bangladesh would give him the confidence to perform in the Test series.

Simmons is cautious in his approach for the first test at Chittagong. He said, “Watching the pitch here in Chittagong it is quite different to the ones we played on in Dhaka. In Dhaka you were able to play your shots a lot more freely.

“The one here [Chittagong] was quite slow and the ball was gripping a bit on the surface and that made it a bit difficult for the batsmen to score. On this pitch you have to be very watchful and very patient. The key is to get a start and once you get in you can t give it away. That will be my focus.”