Curtly Ambrose Urges Bowlers To Dig Deep
West Indies bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose has urged his team’s bowlers to slog it out in the ongoing second Test match against England in Grenada.
As the pitch is staying slow with hardly any help for the bowlers, Ambrose opined that the bowlers needed to be patient with their strategies to succeed.
“Well it’s been tough and one advice I’d give them is that they’ve got to dig deep.
“It’s all about will power.
“The skills are there but you’ve got to be patient.”
West Indies bowlers have toiled hard for 124 overs in the match to pick up the six wickets that have fallen.
Reflecting on the pitch on offer at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, Ambrose feels that accuracy is a key factor in exerting pressure on the opposition.
“It’s not a kind of pitch where you can blast people out.
“That’s what I’ve been telling them.
“Even if you’re not getting wickets, give nothing way.
“Sooner than later when you get a couple of wickets, the scoreboard will look a little different.”
Ambrose did seem pleased with the fight back from the West Indies in the last hour of the day when they managed to pick up some quick wickets.
England who were cruising along at one point of time lost three wickets for 44 runs in the last hour of play to end the day at 373 for six.
“Yes it was encouraging knowing that nothing much was happening.
“To get a couple of wickets towards the end is very encouraging and hopefully get the remaining wickets quickly tomorrow for not too many runs.”
The fast-bowling legend was lavish in his praise for England’s Joe Root who compiled his first Test century away from home.
Having faced 165 deliveries during his stay to compile 118 runs studded with 13 fours and two sixes, Root was still going strong when stumps were drawn on Thursday.
“He (Root) is a quality player.
“There are no two ways about it and the English team have got some quality players.
“We’ve seen in the first Test match in Antigua and here in Grenada.”
With England’s lead already having swelled to 74, Ambrose knows that West Indies cannot afford the game to drift away too much.
While praising Root’s contribution in the match, Ambrose hopes that his bowlers can snare out the England at the earliest.
“We know we have our work cut out and it’s not going to be easy.
“He played a wonderful innings and we hope we can stop him tomorrow before he gets many more.”
The slow track in Grenada meant that the fast bowlers had a torrid time with hardly much pace off the pitch to work on.
Shannon Gabriel however was the standout performer of the day as he bowled lion-hearted spells to end the day on 2 for 60 from 19 overs.
Acknowledging the performance put in by the young pacer, Ambrose seemed impressed with the dedication shown by Gabriel.
“I thought Shannon bowled really well.
“He bowled with some pace as well considering that the pitch isn’t a quick one.
“I thought he really played well.
“He was so disappointed at not having played the first Test.
“So he was really geared up to show that he wanted to play.”
Despite a good performance from Gabriel, Ambrose is aware that the former has a long way to go to mould himself into a complete pacer.
“He is still learning of course and he is willing to learn.
“I am sure that not too far away in the distant future we’ll see an improved Shannon Gabriel.”
Ambrose expressed satisfaction over the application shown by the West Indies batsmen throughout the series that has seen them bat out over 100 overs for three successive innings.
The dogged resistance in Antigua ensured that they walked away with a honorable draw and Ambrose attributed the success to the players’ ability to execute the plans thought out by the coaches.
“Yes we do have our plans and one of the important things is that players buy into our plans.
“This is important for the coaching staff because no matter what plans you make doesn’t matter if the players aren’t fitting in it.
“So they are combining into our plans but they need to carry on.”
Although happy with the fight shown by his batsmen in the series, Ambrose was quick to admit that he expected better performances.
Ambrose feels that the inability of the batsmen to convert their starts into big scores is a box they will like to tick on a consistent basis.
“Batsmen are getting starts but they need to carry on.
“Even Samuels got to a hundred but then got out.
“I’d have wanted him to carry on and make it bigger.
“When you get to a 100, you start again.
“Overall the guys really batted to the plan.
“In the near future not too far away I believe we can see resurgence of West Indies cricket.”
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