11 Nov 2015

Simmons reinstated as Windies coach

1:49 pm on 11 November 2015

Phil Simmons will be back in charge of the West Indies cricket team to do battle against Australia this summer after being reinstated as head coach.

Phil Simmons, while coaching Ireland at the Cricket World Cup, 2015.

Phil Simmons, while coaching Ireland at the Cricket World Cup, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Simmons was suspended in September for questioning the continued omissions of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, saying he was not getting "the best 50-over ODI squad".

The West Indies Cricket Board said that Simmons' reinstatement involved him receiving a letter of reprimand and making a public apology.

"I regret my public outburst during a press conference ... and the revelation of the vote that took place at the selection meeting.

"I am looking forward to putting this behind me and doing the job I enjoy with the West Indies' senior men's teams," said Simmons.

Australia host the Windies in a three-Test series beginning at Bellerive Oval, Tasmania, on December 10 followed by Melbourne (December 26) and Sydney (January 3).

Jason Holder has been named skipper of the 15-man squad.

SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.

-REUTERS

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