Simmons anxious to hit ground running after injury
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:
Recuperating West Indies opener Lendl Simmons is champing at the bit ahead of the upcoming Caribbean Premier League campaign, and says he expects to be fit and ready to lead the batting for his new franchise St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
The 31-year-old right-hander limped out of the just concluded Indian Premier League with a back injury which has sidelined him since, but said his rehabilitation had progressed as planned, and he was now close to full recovery.
"Physically, I feel as though my back is getting stronger each day and I can't wait to get back playing because it can be frustrating watching on from the sidelines," the Trinidadian said.
"But I have stepped up my rehab recently and I'm looking forward to getting 100 per cent fit."
Simmons has represented Guyana Amazon Warriors from the tournament's inception, and his aggressive batting has been key to their success.
In the first year, he gathered 266 runs at an average of 33 to help Amazon Warriors reach the final where they lost to Jamaica Tallawahs. He topped the charts the following year with an astonishing 446 runs at an average of 49, to help the Georgetown-based franchise into the final again where they went down to Barbados Tridents.
And last year, he scored 317 runs at an average of 39 with three half-centuries to again carry Amazon Warriors' batting.