Sir Viv, Ambrose question Windies preparation

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Former West Indies players Sir Curtley Ambrose and Sir Vivian Richards have questioned the decision of the West Indies to prepare the team in Australia prior to their two-Test tour of New Zealand.

The criticism comes in the wake of the Windies recent innings defeat to the home side in the first Test.

The Windies lost the opening Test by an innings and 67 runs, falling for just 134 in their first innings. The host then compiled 520 declared before bowling out the visitors for 319 in their second innings.

Ambrose believes it was a mistake to prepare in Australia.

“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,” he said.

“So I believe we should have gone to New Zealand a little earlier to be more acclimatized as opposed to going to Australia.”

Sir Vivian expressed similar concerns.

“That I think should have been reversed and especially with a young team, a team that is struggling for confidence, to put them in a hotter climate and knowing that the conditions in New Zealand are going to be similar to what you get in England, then maybe there should be some questions asked,” the Master Blaster said.

“There could be some real reasons why but I just think it was a little odd in my opinion and anyone who understands the game would tell you that.”

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