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Curtly Ambrose happy with West Indies preparation for ICC World T20

Curtly Ambrose happy with West Indies preparation for ICC World T20
Curtly Ambrose is confident of West Indies putting on a good show in the ICC World T20.
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West Indies bowling coach Sir Curtly Ambrose expressed his satisfaction with the way the team is shaping up in the build up to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

West Indies are currently in the United Arab Emirates and have played two practice matches against Zimbabwe, securing wins in both the games.

In their third practice game against Warwickshire, West Indies scored 145 for five after Denesh Ramdin struck an unbeaten fifty and went on to secure a 13-run win.

Warwickshire were off to a good start due to the 74-run opening stand between Varun Chopra and Ian Bell, but Dwayne Bravo took three wickets as West Indies restricted the opposition to 132 for four.

Ambrose stated that the bowling attack is really falling in place at the right time and is hoping that the players can execute the plans well in the ICC World T20.

“I think the bowling is really coming together.

“We have had a couple of good games so far and there’s room for improvement obviously but I am quite satisfied at the moment the way the guys are bowling.

“As a bowling unit we are working with a plan and so far the plan has gone well and I’m just hoping by the time we get to India, everything will just come together where we can do well in this tournament.”

Noting that the atmosphere in the West Indies squad has been very good so far, Ambrose stressed on the importance of the players enjoying the game.

“We are working hard during practice, we have been doing well so far in the warm-up games and the camaraderie and spirit is very, very good.

“We enjoy what we’re doing which is so important.

“Our skills are never in question but as long as we are enjoying what we are doing, that’s going to be the difference and so far we’re enjoying it.”

In the game against Warwickshire, West Indies were struggling at 43 for four at one stage but Ramdin got together with Jason Holder and posted an unbeaten 68-run stand for the sixth wicket.

The 52-year-old former West Indies bowling great is content with the performance of West Indies with the bat and the ball but identified that the fielding efforts need to be improved.

“The good thing about this team is that we have depth in our batting.

“We are a team that doesn’t rely on one or two players.

“We have depth and that is going to be key.

“When we lose early wickets, guys in the middle and lower order can still come in and get us to a good total so that to me is the strength in our batting.

“At the moment I am quite comfortable with both bat and ball.

“The fielding has been good but we still can improve so generally I am quite satisfied.”

West Indies will play another T20 match against Warwickshire on March 6th before flying to India to take part in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

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