The Confidence Is There And It Shows

West Indies defeated England 1-0 in the three-Test match series in March this year to clinch the maiden Richards–Botham Trophy. West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said that the team is much more confident about expressing themselves since winning the Test series against England.

 West Indies head coach Phil Simmons during a training session. (Courtesy: Reuters)
West Indies head coach Phil Simmons during a training session. (Courtesy: Reuters)

West Indies Are Confident After Test Series Win Against England: Phil Simmons

Windies defeated England 1-0 in the three-Test match series in March 2022 to clinch the maiden Richards Botham Trophy. The trophy replaced the Wisden Trophy, which was retired after the 2020 series between the two sides.

“It’s just that guys are getting confidence in what they are doing,” Phil Simmons was quoted as saying.

“The more confidence they get, the easier it is to do your job and perform your role for the team. There’s a lot of confidence after winning the series against England not too long ago so confidence is there and it shows.”

Following the series defeat, England Test captain Joe Root stepped down from the role. The England and Wales Cricket Board appointed Ben Stokes as Joe Root’s successor. A century by Joshua da Silva and a five-wicket haul from Kyle Mayers powered Carribeans to a 10-wicket win over England in the series decider.

Kraigg Brathwaite (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Kraigg Brathwaite (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

West Indies crushed England by 10 wickets to win the third Test and claim the three-match series. Set just 28 for victory after dismissing the tourists for 120 in their second innings, openers Kraigg Brathwaite (20) and John Campbell (6) knocked off the runs inside five overs. The first two Tests in Antigua and Barbados had ended in tame draws. England was dismissed for 204 in their first innings while the hosts made 297.

West Indies Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite Scores 95 Runs And Kemar Roach Picked Up 7 Scalps In The 1st Test Win Against Bangladesh

Meanwhile, Kraigg Brathwaite-led West Indies went from strength to strength. West Indies wrapped up the first Test against Bangladesh on Day 4, winning by seven wickets at North Sound.

Kemar Roach picked up seven wickets, including a five-wicket haul, and Kraigg Brathwaite was the second-highest run-scorer with 95 runs in the first Test. West Indies will take on Bangladesh in the second Test at Gros Islet from June 24.

Kemar Roach ended up taking his tenth five-wicket haul in Test cricket, assisting the Windies in bowling out Bangladesh for 245 runs in the second innings. Kemar Roach topped Michael Holding’s record to become the West Indies’ joint-sixth highest wicket-taker in Test matches. Kemar Roach ranks joint-sixth on the list of most wickets for the Windies with 249 in 72 matches (259).

Kemar Roach celebrates Michael Steele/Pool via AP
Kemar Roach celebrates- Michael Steele/Pool via AP


John Campbell hit the winning six as the hosts needed only seven overs on the fourth day to beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the first Test in Antigua. The hosts finished on 88 for 3 after resuming the fourth day on 49 for 3 in the second innings, needing 35 more runs to clinch the series opener.

Out-of-form Bangladesh had given the hosts a scare on Saturday, at one stage reducing the Carribeans to 9 for 3 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Windies scored 265 in the first innings. Bangladesh had 103 and 245. Kemar Roach was named Player of the Match for this match haul of 7 for 74.

West Indies 265 (Brathwaite 94, Blackwood 63, Mehidy 4-65) and 88 for 3 (Campbell 58*, Blackwood 26*, Khaled 3-27) beat Bangladesh 103 and 245 (Nurul 64, Roach 5-53, Joseph 3-55) by seven wickets

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