Praises for Ambris
LINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC):
West Indies' latest batting recruit, Sunil Ambris, has been praised for the way he has transformed his game, in order to make the rise to the international level.
The 24-year-old has scored heavily over the last year, subsequently forcing his way into the West Indies one-day squad before being recently called up for the Test tour of New Zealand.
He sent a clear signal to tour selectors with an audacious 153 off 145 balls in the three-day tour match against New Zealand A which ended yesterday.
"Having seen Sunil at the Under-19 level - he obviously toured Australia with the West Indies in 2012 when I was coach - I know Sunil quite well," said assistant coach Roddy Estwick.
"What he has done [since then], he's made adjustments to his game. He doesn't hit the ball much in the air at all, he knows where to find a single, he's quite organised. He's carried the good form forward."
The right-handed Ambris was in superb form in the last first class season, amassing 608 runs at an average of 43 - including a cracking double century of 231 against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in March.
He also piled up 423 runs in the Regional Super50 to be one of the leading run-getters.
On the one-day tour of England last September, he stroked an unbeaten 38 in his only innings before returning to the Caribbean to plunder two centuries in the two-match four-day Test series against Sri Lanka A.
"I thought he batted well in the one game he played in England, and he went to the A team and got two centuries as well, so he's brought that confidence and that form [with him]," Estwick noted.