West Indies fast bowling icon Sir Curtly Ambrose has urged discipline from his pace attack when they face reigning World champions India (tonight T&T time) on what is expected to be a lively pitch. Sir Curtly, the Windies bowling coach, said it was important the Caribbean side’s seamers find the right lengths and resisted the temptation to bowl overly short at the Indian batsmen on the encouraging WACA strip.
“The pitches here in Perth are usually bouncy and supportive of fast bowling. However, the mistake I think most bowlers make is that they pitch the ball a bit too short because of the extra bounce,” Sir Curtly said yesterday. “Here at Perth, you have to find that good length, that is the key to being successful here in Perth. Bowling short and all that stuff could be waste.”
With the Windies boasting a relatively inexperienced attack, Sir Curtly also warned of the Fremantle Doctor – a stiff breeze blowing across the WACA which often made life difficult for bowlers. “It can put off your rhythm quite a bit but as a professional you have to find ways and means of getting through that strong headwind and getting on with the job.”.
‘’The game against India is a big one. India are the reigning World Cup champions. They are a great team. They haven’t lost a game yet but we will take care of them,” he added.