Simmons plays down West Indies U-19 selection

Opening batsman Keagan Simmons bats in the nets at the West Indies Under-19 training camp. PHOTO: WICB

Opening batsman Keagan Simmons bats in the nets at the West Indies Under-19 training camp. PHOTO: WICB

Opening batsman, Keagan Simmons has played down the hype surrounding his selection on the West Indies Under-19 team for the 2018 ICC Youth World Cup in New Zealand next year.

The 18-year-old was part of the training squad for the last West Indies Under-19 World Cup team but failed to make the final squad which would go on to win the title in Bangladesh.

“It feels good knowing that the work put in by myself and those who have supported me had paid off. I am not really caught up in thinking about my selection on the team for the World Cup. I just want to do well and help the team win in New Zealand,” the Hillview College student revealed.

The left-hand batsman game has developed rapidly since being part of the West Indies Under-19 training squad due after learning more about his game and touring New Zealand.

“I have mature a lot since then and I learned more about myself and my game. I deal with challenges and failure better. I think I should be making more runs consistently and I have been working on correcting that but I know as I mature more and continue to work hard everything will come together for me,” Simmons explained.

Commenting on touring New Zealand Simmons said, “That did a lot for me. I was really happy after that tour because I prepared and played well.” He revealed that his experience in New Zealand has instilled added confidence heading to New Zealand for the Youth World Cup.

“I will be happy to take a lot of responsibility on my shoulders to score runs there because I am familiar with the conditions. My experience playing there allows me to help the other guys adjust quickly which will be beneficial to our success,” Simmons noted.

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