Simmons: Rogers loss is a blow to Aussies


West Indies coach Phil Simmons feels Australia will miss the presence of Chris Rogers at the top of the order after the batsman was ruled out of the first Test against the Windies because of concussion.

The 37 year-old Rogers was struck on the helmet while batting in the nets on Sunday and has not sufficiently recovered to take his place for the match which starts in Dominica on Wednesday.

Simmons said: "He's a very important part of the batting line-up. He's been the glue with the others coming in and playing a lot of shots around him … that could be a big miss for them."

The coach, who took over the Windies job in March, has his own selection issue to worry about. The decision to drop veteran batsman Shiv Chanderpaul has divided opinion in the Caribbean but Simmons says it's about the team and not any individuals.

He explained: "It's about the team and we've got to just make sure we're ready as a team for the Test match on Wednesday."

The second, and final, Test of the series takes place on 11 June in Jamaica.