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Simmons aims to continue good

By KEVIN SUNICH Sunday, July 14 2013

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West Indies opening batsman Lendl Simmons will be aiming to continue his form against Pakistan when the teams clash in five ODI’s and two T20 matches. The first ODI takes place at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence from 9:30 am today.

Simmons, who was out of the Windies setup for some time, ended the regional First Class season with two good knocks including a century in TT’s final match after an indifferent showing earlier.

He recently scored a hundred and a half-century for the Windies ‘A’ team against the Sri Lanka ‘A’, which earned him a recall to the senior team for their final Celkon Tri-Nations Cup match against Sri Lanka.

“Getting a score to your name is always good as it gives you motivation. I had a good score in the T20 and then I got a century in the one-day so I was riding on a high heading into the tri-nations match. I backed myself once I got a start to carry on. While it was a good knock, unfortunately it was not enough to help us get the win,” said Simmons.

He said despite going into the match confident, at the start of his innings he was a bit nervous.

“It was not easy as I had a bit of butterflies playing at home with everyone expecting me to do well and it was some pressure to start with. But once I got going I was able to move smoothly especially with the fact that Bravo (Darren) was at the other end. We have batted a lot together and we have a very good understanding,” said the TT opener.

The Merry Boys opener said at the moment he is looking forward to the Pakistan series.

“I am in a good frame of mind right now and I am feeling myself out. I am not batting at a position where I normally bat. I’m at number six so it’s just a matter of taking some balls to adjust and get myself in and then take it from there,” he said.

The right-handed batsman said this is a very important series and he intends to make full use of every opportunity that comes his way.

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