Simmons warns Windies are more than Gayle


Lendl Simmons said West Indies have proved they are no "one-man show" as they prepare to face England in the World Twenty20 final on Sunday.

Chris Gayle blew England away with a brutal unbeaten century when the two sides met at Wankhede Stadium in their first game of the tournament last month.

The destructive opening batsman has managed just nine runs in two innings since that six-wicket win for the Windies, but his team-mates have shown they are capable of performing on the big stage.

Johnson Charles (52) and Andre Russell (43 not out) played key roles in Thursday's semi-final win over hosts India, but Simmons' 82 not out from only 51 balls proved to be crucial as he took advantage of good fortune to silence a partisan crowd.

"I think England will certainly be aware that it is not a one-man show in this team," said Simmons.

"Chris Gayle didn't get off [against India] but we still managed to get over the line.

"That was a big total and seeing that he didn't perform and we were still able to put up a fight and win the game with balls to spare shows a lot of character from our players."

Simmons took the man of the match award in a dramatic semi-final in Mumbai on Thursday after only being called up this week following an injury to Andre Fletcher, who starred in the win over Sri Lanka in the absence of the injured Gayle.