Wednesday 28 May 2014 

West Indies Step Up Test Preparations

Sir Curtly Ambrose (far right) and Sir Garry Sobers (second right) are working with the West Indies squad in Barbados
Sir Curtly Ambrose (far right) and Sir Garry Sobers (second right) are working with the West Indies squad in Barbados
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Ambrose, who will be with the squad for the Tests and Twenty20 Internationals, offers guidance to Shannon Gabriel
Ambrose, who will be with the squad for the Tests and Twenty20 Internationals, offers guidance to Shannon Gabriel
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Ahead of the three-match Test series against New Zealand, the West Indies are drawing on the experience of Sir Garry Sobers and Sir Curtly Ambrose.

The two greats have been working with the coaching staff and the 15-man squad in Barbados prior to the Test series beginning on 8th June in Jamaica.

Wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin is preparing to captain the side for the first time following his promotion while fast bowler Jerome Taylor has been recalled to the Test squad.

He played the last of his 29 Tests in November 2009 against Australia but after a spell out of the game has returned to take 25 first-class wickets this season at an average of 25.28.

Fellow fast bowler Kemar Roach is also making his return from injury.

Head coach Ottis GIbson paid tribute to the work that Ambrose and Sobers were doing with the bowlers and batsmen respectively.

"Sir Curtly is heavily involved in cricket here with the Combined Campuses & Colleges and is making a contribution to West Indies cricket in that way so the feeling is to get him to come in and mentor the good bowlers that we have and try to see if he can inspire them through his experiences to turn themselves into great bowlers," he said.

"He’s obviously led the West Indies bowling attack and done it very well over his career, so hopefully he will impart some knowledge and pass on some of his experiences onto the guys."

He added it was a great experience for the players to have Sir Garry around, especially the young batsmen.

"Sir Garry is the best of the best and it is great to have him join us. He is still an avid watcher of the game, so he sees a lot of things. He is here to pass on his knowledge over so many years of doing it," he said.

"The guys like Darren Bravo and young Kieran Powell have been very receptive and his wisdom will not be lost on the experienced guys like Shiv Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels either.

"All the guys will get the opportunity to speak to Sir Garry about their game, which can only be a good thing for us.

"Hopefully, over the next couple of the days, the guys will really use him as a springboard for where they are in their game and what he thinks they need to do to take their game to the next level."

West Indies Test squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain/wicket-keeper), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Shane Shillingford, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor

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16th-20th June: 2nd Test, Port of Spain, Trinidad
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New Zealand 293 & 331-7 dec. beat
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5th July: 1st T20I, Roseau, Dominica
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6th July: 2nd T20I, Roseau, Dominica
West Indies 165-6 (Fletcher 62) beat
New Zealand 126 (Cottrell 3-28) by 39 runs