Ambrose: International arena a place for results

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May 21, 2016
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ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Former West Indies bowling consultant, Sir Curtly Ambrose, does not believe the international arena is the place to be working on technical issues, and says impatience is the main reason behind the lack of success among West Indies bowlers.

The legendary former seamer, who claimed 405 Test wickets from 98 matches at an astonishing average of 20.99, said the focus at the highest level should be on winning games.

"If you have technical issues, then you shouldn't be in the team and I could be wrong but that's the way I look at it," said Sir Curtly, considered one of the finest fast bowlers of all time.

"At the international level is where you are looking to get results. If a guy happens to lose his action or struggle with his run-up a little bit, which can happen, those are easy things to iron out.

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"But if you have a serious technical issue, there is no way you can rectify that in one or two days in the nets. It's almost impossible."|

His comments in an interview with the Observer newspaper here came after he was replaced as West Indies bowling consultant by former Barbados and West Indies A pacer, Roddy Estwick, also a Barbados Pride coach.

Sir Curtly said he had been told by West Indies head coach Phil Simmons that the reason he had been axed was because someone "more technical" was required to work with the fast bowlers.

However the Antiguan, who spent three years in the consultant role, said the issue with West Indies fast bowlers was one of patience.

"When I look at the bowlers, most of the time, they are not patient enough," he explained.

"These guys want to take wickets all the time and there is nothing wrong with that, but you must have some level of patience and I've seen that over time."

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