Ambrose warns proof of pudding will be at Lord's

September 05, 2017
West Indies batsman Shai Hope celebrates after scoring the winning runs during Day Five of the second Test match between England and West Indies at Headingley last week.

Sir Curtly Ambrose said the West Indies' heroes in Leeds, young batsmen Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite, two players with whom he worked as coach between 2015 and 2016, both need to be ready for the final Test of the three-match series that starts at Lord's on Thursday.

Hope scored 147 and 118 not out to be named Man of the Match and to become the first batsman to score two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley.

The match was the 534th first-class fixture at the venue and 76th Test match.

Brathwaite, meanwhile, scored 134 in a first-innings partnership of 246. He added 95 in the second innings.

Ambrose praised both saying: "Shai Hope has, I believe, always been a talented player, so well done to him for becoming the first to score two hundreds in a game at Headingley. But he must build on this. It is only the start of his career. If he wants to, he can become a great batsman for West Indies.

"I was also impressed with Kraigg Brathwaite. He's more of a grafter and played excellently for his first-innings century. So it was a shame he played such a bad shot in the second, when he needed only five more for his hundred.

"Like Hope, he has to build on this and get even better. The same goes for the team. This result will mean little if they go to Lord's and fail to back it up. They can't afford to be complacent or relax for one moment because England will fight back hard. Enjoy the moment, sure, but be prepared."

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