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Manchester pitch is quite tough says West Indies coach Phil Simmons.


Deepesh Sharma 

Manchester, July 27 (HS) West Indies cricket team coach Phil Simmons, who was on the verge of defeat after the third day of the third Test against England, said the Manchester pitch was tough. He also said that it is very difficult to bat in front of the strong bowling attack of the host team on this difficult pitch.

England's Stuart Broad and James Anderson's fast bowling duo has been very deadly during the three-match Test series against West Indies.He said, "These bowlers - one is close to 600 wickets and the other 500 - make it difficult to work. They keep attacking against you tirelessly but on this wicket, we can show them that we can make runs."

Simmons said, "Today is the fourth day of the match and our batsmen have a lot of time to play. We have to move on, but I think this is one of the toughest places to bat, especially in front of these two experienced fast bowlers." 

After losing the first Test, Broad performed brilliantly in the second Test and took a combined six wickets in both innings. In the third Test match, Broad has taken 8 wickets so far, he has taken 6 wickets in the first innings and 2 wickets in the second innings. 

Rain is likely to affect the fourth day of play, here in Manchester on Monday. For this reason, the England team declared their second innings at a score of 226/2. England had scored 369 runs in their first innings, and they bowled out West Indies on 197 runs. 

The Windies team, batting in the second innings, had a poor start, and opener John Campbell and nightwatchman Kemar Roach were dismissed by Stuart Broad, who took 6 wickets in the first innings. With which Broad completed his 499 wickets in Test cricket. This English bowler is only one step away from the record of taking 500 Test wickets. At the end of the third day, the Windies have lost 2 wickets for 10 runs. 

Hindusthan Samachar