FINE-TUNING: Trinidad and Tobago's Evin Lewis, left, aims at one stump during the national team's training session, at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, on Monday. Looking on at right is Yannick Ottley. Team T&T leave for South Africa tomorrow for the Champions League Twenty20 qualifying competition. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

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Regional team more consistent in Tests, says Phil Simmons

By Donstan Bonn donstan.bonn@trinidadexpress.com

Former West Indies opening batsman Phil Simmons says there's been some improvement in the standard of cricket by the current West Indies team.

Simmons made the comment in an interview with the Express at the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) 50th Anniversary of Independence Function, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Port of Spain on Saturday night.

"There has been some improvement. They've played well in the last two Test series and they have been a little more consistent in Test cricket.

"In the one-day and Twenty20 format they are still one day good, one day bad, and I think it's a process to get it to the stage where we are as consistent as Australia has been in this tournament (ICC World T20).

"So it's still a process but as long as the process is being carried out we'll get there sooner or later, but I definitely think that in the last two test series they showed that the consistency is a lot better."

Simmons, who was one of the 50 outstanding players and administrators recognised by the TTCB at the function, said he felt honoured.

"It's a big honour for the fact that the Trinidad and Tobago public appreciated that you played for Trinidad and that you gave them something, and what you gave them they appreciated it.

"I definitely think that what the Board did is a step in the right direction because people work hard from both sides, over the rope and in the offices, and it's good to recognise them. I think people appreciate that."

The former hard-hitting opener, now the coach of Ireland's cricket team, said he's a bit disappointed that his charges did not make it into the Super Eight segment of the ICC World T20, currently being played in Sri Lanka. However, he's optimistic about West Indies going all the way.

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