Simmons: The first hour will be important


Even though his side is up against history on Day five of the first Test against England in Antigua, West Indies coach Phil Simmons believe they can still pull off a famous win.

The visitors declared in their second innings with the score on 333 for seven, leaving the home side a daunting total 438. To compound matters, the Windies have already lost two wickets before the close on the fourth day.

They are 98 for two so need a further 340 to win on the final day. The highest score chased in the history of Test cricket is 418, by the West Indies themselves, and Simmons said with the right start things could go their way.

Simmons said after the day's play: "We're a team that scores quickly. We'll assess what we need in every session and make a decision whether to go for it at tea.

"The first hour will be important: we need to not lose any wickets in the first hour. But with me it's always a case of looking how you can get the runs before you look at how you can save it.

"We saw today that it's hard to take wickets on this pitch. It's easy for guys to score. We scored freely.

"Yes, they were on the attack all the time. But also when we tried to be on the defensive, Gary Ballance and Jos Buttler still scored freely, so it's hard to contain batsmen when it's as easy as that."