West Indies over Simmons rift - Richardson


Team manager Richie Richardson says the row that led to the suspension of Phil Simmons is now behind the West Indies following the reinstatement of the coach.

Simmons was suspended in September after he claimed "interference from outside" had impacted the selection of the 50-over and Twenty20 squads for the Windies' tour of Sri Lanka.

The 52-year-old made those comments after all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were omitted from the squads.

Simmons was reinstated after making a public apology and will guide the team in the three-match Test series with Australia, which starts on December 10.

"It wasn't easy for the team," Richardson said.

"You get a coach and start planning and working together and suddenly he's not there.

"But we are glad that he is back - that is behind us now.

"We are just focusing on getting ourselves ready for taking on Australia."