West Indies batting great Sir Vivian Richards believes the Windies team, losers of their first Test against New Zealand, will have a harder time of things when the second Test begins on December 9.
Windies lost the first Test by an innings and will be without their captain Jason Holder for the second Test that starts on Saturday in Hamilton.
Holder has been suspended for one Test and fined 60 percent of his match fee, and his team-mates fined 30 percent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during their innings defeat to New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington.
Richards, the only Windies captain never to lose a Test series, believes it will be harder for the inexperienced Caribbean side without their leader.
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.
More than 100 golfers from nine countries will tee off on Thursday at the prestigious 51st Jamaica Open Golf Championship on at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay, St James.
The 54-hole contest will conclude on December 9 with the winner claiming US$17,000 of the US$100,000 in prize money on offer but there is also more at stake.
Last season, SportsMax started a programme to invite the top professionals and an amateur to the inaugural PGA Latino America BMW Jamaica Classic. This time around the major incentive of PGA Latino America places is again being offered.
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.
Despite admitting to having hopes of signing Windies T20 star Chris Gayle New Zealand Super Smash Central Districts admits the star is likely to be outside of their price range.
The Stags had originally planned to secure the services of Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, but missed out after the player scaled back his overall playing commitments. The 38-year-old Gayle was then added to the wish list, but without a commitment from sponsors, it is unlikely the player can be signed.
The big players typically command around $50,000 for a full season. The player is only likely to be available for the last four or five games and the playoffs, and was in the country already, potentially $20,000 could be a starting point. Even so, the amount would be significant for teams with mostly local talent.
Usain Bolt is paying cursory attention to the drug case involving Nesta Carter, though it has implications for the Gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games he had to return.
Carter tested positive for Methylhexanamine during a re-test of the samples from the Beijing Olympics, meaning the gold medal he won as part of Jamaica’s 4x100-metre team was revoked.
That team was made up of Bolt, Carter, Michael Frater, Asafa Powell, and Dwight Thomas.
Carter took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in November, where he argued the drug was not on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list in 2008. The court will disclose its judgement early in the new year.
“I can't really stress. I haven't really been following it (Carter's hearing). I am just waiting on the time for them (CAS) to say what is what,” said Bolt.
Former Caribbean Elite Road Race champion Marloe Rodman has been charged for his role in the death of a man in a motorcycle collision which occurred in Gordon Pen, St Catherine last week.
According to reports, Rodman was riding his Honda CBR motor vehicle early on Sunday morning when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into another motorcyclist, Arnold Gordon. Gordon, who was seated on his bike at the time, was later pronounced dead at hospital.
On Tuesday Rodman was hit with an array of charges which included manslaughter, operating an unlicensed motor vehicle, operating a motorcycle with no registration, no certificate of fitness, no insurance and no registration plates affixed.
Ukrainian WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko has promised to take apart another Caribbean opponent as he prepares to face unbeaten Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.
There are few who will be sceptical of taking the 29-year-old pugilist at his word following a string of recent dominant performances, which have seen him record dominant victories over Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa and Miguel Marriaga.
Walters the unbeaten Jamaican and former WBA featherweight champion was forced to quit the fight ahead of the eighth round after being thoroughly outclassed by Lomachenko throughout.
The Ukrainian, who will start favourite on Saturday after Rigondeaux moved up two weight classes for the bout, expects more of the same dominance.
"I said I am going to walk through him like a tank. They are two different things. I am going to walk through him like a tank and knock him out,” Lomachenko said.
The world of track & field might be in a quandary about what to do now that it’s biggest star ever, Usain Bolt, has hung up his spikes, but there should be no such worry for the tiny island he hails from – so says the big sprinter.
According to Bolt, Jamaica’s track and field is in safe hands when you take a look at the galaxy of stars headed to the forefront of the sport.
"I think that if the youngsters want it and if they are hungry, then they will do well," said Bolt.
"We don't have to worry about Jamaica's track and field," he added.
The big sprinter also knows he has a part to play in ensuring the future of track and field in Jamaica and in general.
"For me, I am always going to try and motivate the youngsters and help get them disciplined," said Bolt.
"I will still play a big role in track and field all over the world and not just in Jamaica."
Bolt knows all too well what it takes to become a champion.
New Zealand middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls insists the team will be prepared for any response from a Windies team floored by a stinging defeat in the first Test at Wellington Basin.
The Windies failed to go the distance after being beaten inside four days by the hosts in an innings and 67 runs win, which included the visitors being bowled out for 134 in the first innings of the contest.
Nicholls, who made 67 batting at number five at the Basin and put on 127 for the fourth wicket with Ross Taylor in New Zealand's only turn at the crease, expects better from the Windies in Hamilton come Friday.
The batsman pointed to parallels between a heavy loss for the tourists and a similar situation in England where the Windies rallied to claim the second Test at Edgbaston after a big loss in their opener in Birmingham.