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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, March 27, 2015
Phil Simmons as coach of the West
Indies cricket team, has been
described as the right man at the
right time to take West Indies cricket
out of its present state.
This is the view of former manager
of the West Indies team Ricky Skerritt,
who was actually one of a two-man
committee that was set up by the
WICB to recruit a coach.
The West Indies team has been
without a head coach after they lost
to New Zealand in the Caribbean last
Assistant coaches Stuart Williams,
Andre Coley and bowling consultant
Curtly Ambrose were the men
taking care of the duties with
assistance from manager Richie
Skerritt said: "I was one of two
people who were chosen by the
West Indies Cricket Board to
recruit a coach. I am extremely
optimistic about Phil Simmons
taking over the reigns of coaching
at this point in time.
"Being involved in the process
and discussions it tells that Sim-
mons is the right man at the right
time for West Indies cricket.
"While I cannot divulge the
exact content of the discussions,
I can say that with the support
from the WICB and with Sim-
mons saying exactly what is
needed to take the standard up,
I am optimistic."
Skerritt said he was is not say-
ing that one man can do it alone
but having listened to Simmons,
he believes he has make a big dif-
ference. "I am not saying it is a
situation where one man alone
can change the fortunes but Sim-
mons will make a big difference
and he would take the team for-
"I am not expecting overnight
success but I am looking towards
success in the medium term and
obviously in the long term he
would be able to take West Indies
cricket back up the ladder. Let
me say and what I am saying is
loaded with meaning, Simmons
is the right man at the right time
for West Indies cricket."
Simmons right man at right time---former WI manager
PARIS---Striker Neymar scored
his 43rd international goal and
midfielder Willian set up two as
Brazil beat France 3-1 yesterday in
another step in rebuilding its cred-
It was France s first defeat since
last year s World Cup, where it lost
to Germany in the quarterfinals.
Brazil remains unbeaten since host-
ing that tournament, where it lost
7-1 to Germany in a semifinal
Neymar latched onto Willian s
clever pass behind the defence
before rifling a quick and powerful
shot into the roof of the net nearly
an hour in. The fine finish was far
removed from his sloppy shooting
for Barcelona in Sunday s clasico,
where he squandered chances,
including one from four metres out.
After defender Raphael Varane
headed France ahead in the 21st,
midfielder Oscar equalised just
before halftime with a crisp shot.
With Brazil pouring forward,
midfielder Luiz Gustavo made it 3-
1 in the 69th when he headed in
Willian s corner.
The Brazilians are preparing for
the Copa America in June, and have
one remaining friendly, against
Chile, on Sunday.
France striker Karim Benzema
should have scored in the seventh
minute when he was left unmarked
at the back post following a corner,
but his powerful header from three
metres out was somehow clawed
away by goalkeeper Jefferson.
Neymar went close in the 20th
when his curling strike from the
edge of the penalty forced a fine
save from Steve Mandanda.
A minute later, Varane timed his
run perfectly to meet Mathieu Val-
buena s corner from the left with
a powerful downward header that
Jefferson could not get a hand to.
France looked in control for much
of the first half but was caught out
in the 40th when forward Firmino
was given too much time to reach
a loose ball, and prodded it through
to Oscar, who beat Mandanda with
a low shot to the left.
Mandana dived low to his right
to palm away Gustavo s shot from
20 metres as Brazil began the sec-
ond half confidently.
He could not get close to Ney-
mar s clinical strike moments later,
and the game opened up at both
ends after that goal.
Brazil hit straight back and, after
Mandanda tipped away Oscar s
curling effort for a corner, Willian
took it, and Gustavo was unmarked
to head home.
Former West Indies captain Dwayne
Bravo will leave on Tuesday for the
Indian Premier League (IPL).
Upon his arrival in India, he will have
his second launch of his latest song
"Chalo Chalo" which means Let s Go,
Let s Go. The song is a collaboration
with Nisha B, who is also expected to
travel to India for the launch.
Speaking with reporters yesterday at
the local launch, which was held at the
Queen s Park Oval, Bravo said the song
will be used as the Chennai s Super
King s official jingle for the tourna-
Bravo, who resigned from Test cricket
earlier this year said his resignation was
no big deal for him, said: "The West
Indies played without me for the past
five years so it s nothing for me but I
am still young, 31 years and should my
hunger reopen for Test cricket who
knows what could happen then. Let s
wait and see, because there is a new
"I am always prepared and ready to
play for the West Indies and it is up
to the selectors and those in charge to
select me. I am always available," he
Bravo said he is very happy for Phil
Simmons getting the oposutunity to
play with the team, "It s been a while
now that he did not play and I think
he is the right man for the job and he
has my support."
Bravo leaves for IPL on Tuesday
Neymar, Willian shine as
Brazil beats France 3-1
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
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