Pace advice from a master
CURTLY AMBROSE, as he then was before his deserving knighthood last year from an appreciative Antigua and Barbuda government, created a remarkable record in his three Tests on the WACA pitch in Perth in 1988, ’92 and ‘97.
His 24 wickets were taken at an average of 12.91 each; there were three returns of five or more in an innings, his 7-25 in 1993 Test featured his unforgettable 7-1 wrecking ball spell after lunch.
Now the bowling consultant/coach, Sir Curtly had advice based on his happy experiences for his contemporary successors prior to the West Indies’ crucial World Cup match against India at the WACA today. His words apply to every version of the game; ODIs are still cricket, bowler against batsmen.
“The pitches here in Perth are usually bouncy and supportive of fast bowling,” he told Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Jason Holder, Andre Russell and the forgotten left-armer Sheldon Cottrell.
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