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West Indies coach Phil Simmons said his team paid the price for a poor first innings batting effort and hopes that the innings and 63-run loss to South Africa on the third morning of the first Test at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia will be a reality check for the hosts. Simmons wants a more clinical effort from his team in the second Test starting Friday at the same venue.

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Teenager Jayden Seales’ Test match debut proved to be the lone highlight for the West Indies on an otherwise dismal opening day of the first Test against South Africa at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia, yesterday, and West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has already labelled the youngster “a special talent”.

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Without a series win on home soil against South Africa, West Indies begin their two-Test rubber against the Proteas with a better than average chance of improving that record. 

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West Indies head coach Phil Simmons is looking for an extra effort from his players in the upcoming two-Test series against South Africa and noted that the series could pivot on who bowls better.

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South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt believes his inexperienced side can still pull off a series win against West Indies but will have to be disciplined enough to execute the right things “for longer periods”, during the two-Test rubber.

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All members of the West Indies training squad have tested negative for Covid-19, paving the way for head coach Phil Simmons to ramp up preparation for the two-Test series against South Africa starting in 11 days.

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West Indies white-ball skipper Kieron Pollard is excited about the upcoming back-to-back home series against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan while admitting that his players will have to be at the top of their game if they are to conquer their opponents.