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Confident of winning Sri Lanka Test series - Sir Curtly Ambrose

Confident of winning Sri Lanka Test series - Sir Curtly Ambrose
Curtly Ambrose is confident that West Indies can pull off a series victory in the upcoming two-match Test campaign against Sri Lanka.
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West Indies bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose is confident that his team can pull off a series victory in the upcoming two-match Test campaign against Sri Lanka.

It has been almost five years since West Indies and Sri Lanka played a Test match, with their last encounter coming in 2010. 

Ambrose, who is one of the greatest West Indian bowlers to have played the game, feels that his side have prepared well despite the rain affecting the practice sessions.

“It has been a long, long time since I have been to Sri Lanka," he said.

“As a matter of fact it has been 22 years since I made that only trip.

“It was the one Test match and three ODIs.

“If my memory serves me correctly, the Test match was badly affected by the weather and only one of the two ODIs were played.

“Here we are again and (it is a) similar situation. We had some rain in the last few days on and off.

“So far things are going great. Our preparation has been good even though there has been rain.

“I am quite confident that we have prepared ourselves properly. We can do well and maybe win this Test match series.” 

The conditions in Sri Lanka will be tricky to deal with as the heat combined with the humidity and rain will produce a tough challenge for the West Indies players.

Ambrose urged the fast bowlers to bowl short but effective spells while keeping themselves hydrated to tackle the conditions optimally.

“In this conditions, it has been very, very hot.

“It is going to be important that the fast bowlers bowl shorter spells.

“Bowling eight or ten overs in a spell is going to be too much for them.

“The skipper will have to monitor the fast bowlers a little bit better (by) giving them shorter spells, three or four over spells where you can give your full hundred percent so that at the end of the day you have energy left.

“Hydration is going to be one (key factor).

“You can’t wait until you are tired or you feel dehydrated.” 

The 52-year-old also stressed the importance of striking early in the very first spell to make a telling impact in the Sri Lankan conditions.

“You got to make sure that your first spell with the new ball, you have to try your best make that count.

“You need to get a few wickets early.

“The conditions like I said are going to be extremely hot.

“So short spells for me, will do the trick.” 

West Indies have not won a single Test match against Sri Lanka in the nine games they have played so far in the Asian country.

But Ambrose believes that if the West Indies bowlers can cause problems to Sri Lanka if they hit the right lengths early in the game like they did in the recently concluded practice match.

“(While) playing that three-day warm-up game, the pitch to me (seemed like) there is something there for the fast bowlers.

“It is not a quick pitch but there is some grass in it.

“What impressed me the most with our quick bowlers, is that they quickly found the right length to bowl.

“We don’t have to tell them what length to bowl.

“They worked it out for themselves.

“That to me was impressive.

“Once we can do that in the Test matches, I think we are going to be okay.” 

The first Test of the Sobers-Tissera Trophy between Sri Lanka and West Indies will be played in Galle between 14th and 18th October.

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