Ambrose questions Windies preparation for New Zealand series

Curtly Ambrose

West Indies legend and former bowling coach Curtly Ambrose has questioned the team’s preparation ahead of the series against New Zealand on the heels of a heavy first Test defeat.

The Windies were defeated by an innings and 67 runs in the first Test at Wellington Basin, which included a shambolic first inning that saw the team dismissed for 134.  The batsmen, in particular, failed to deal with the threat of Neil Wagner who claimed figures of 39 for 7.

Ahead of the New Zealand series the team had embarked on a training camp in Australia, which Ambrose insists did not provide ideal conditions for the challenge ahead.

“In my opinion, we made a slight mistake by going to Australia prior to going to New Zealand because I believe that the conditions in Australia are totally different than in New Zealand which can be a little like England where it can get cold one time and then the next day it gets hot. So I believe we should have gone to New Zealand a little earlier to be more acclimatised as opposed to going to Australia,” Ambrose said.

The team was, however, coming off a tour of England in October where they lost a Test series 2-1 to the hosts.


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