Ambris’ consistency rewarded

Batsman Sunil Ambris, who made his international debut against England earlier this year, has earned a call-up to the West Indies Test squad for the tour of New Zealand, which starts from November 25.

Ambris was picked in place of Kyle Hope, the only change to the squad that beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the Test series in Bulawayo earlier this month.

Ambris’ prospects were boosted by consistent performances in the four-dayers against the touring Sri Lanka A side. The batsman, who has played only one ODI, scored two hundreds in three first-class games. In both instances, his centuries came when West Indies A had lost most of their top order and Ambris was left to bat with the tail. In the series decider, he struck 101 in West Indies A’s first-innings total of 181, after the side were 35 for 5. Overall, he scored 278 runs in five innings – the highest in the series – at an average of 55.60, even as West Indies A lost 2-1.

Hope was left out following a lean run since his debut in June 2017. His highest international score after 13 innings was 46, and he couldn’t hit form on the tours of England and Zimbabwe. In three innings in Bulawayo, Hope managed only 60 runs.

Courtney Browne, chairman of Cricket West Indies’ selection panel, urged Hope to turn in strong performances in the ongoing first-class competition to boost his chances of a recall.

“Sunil has replaced Kyle Hope in the squad, and this is on the basis of his consistent performances across formats and his outstanding returns for the Windies ‘A’ Team in the ‘Test’ series against Sri Lanka ‘A’,” Browne said. “This type of consistency is very welcomed by the panel.

“Kyle is encouraged to return to the first-class championship and turn in the strong performances his talent suggests he can deliver.”
Browne also said that the team’s success in Zimbabwe helped the selectors back continuity in the side.

“It [series win in Zimbabwe] was a strong team effort and highlighted by those players that did not do as well as expected on the recent tour of England, playing critical roles in the team’s success. Their success augurs well for the selection process and the philosophy of continuity, which has underpinned our selection for the tour of New Zealand, and not the chopping and changing mentality.”

West Indies will prepare for the New Zealand tour with a training camp until November 21 in Brisbane. They are scheduled to play a three-day tour match against New Zealand A in Lincoln, before the two Tests in Wellington (December 1-5) and Hamilton (December 9-13). The three-match ODI series, which starts from December 20, includes a Boxing Day fixture in Christchurch and will be followed by three T20Is, between December 29 and January 3.

West Indies were earlier scheduled to play three Tests on the tour, but this was revised after New Zealand Cricket looked to get the itinerary in line with the likely schedule of the Test Championship. In August, David White, chairman of NZC, said funding Tests was becoming a challenge. New Zealand are also set to play two Tests at home against England, including the first day-night Test in the country, in Auckland.

WI Test squad: Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

Source: (Cricinfo)

4 Responses to Ambris’ consistency rewarded

  1. Alex Alleyne November 6, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Can’t say he did not had an extended run . A string of LOW scores done in him.

  2. Billy November 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Great to see a talented player like ambris get his deserved chance .what about elvin lewis and fast bowler Thomas this is about improvement to the team.not chop and change how long can a limited player like Blackwood bat at number six please .

  3. Billy November 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Mr laws does not feel the hurt that we fans feel if players who are pushing for places does not get their chances they soon turn to t twenty .kyle and jermaine have been given a fair chance and are not good enough surely Ambris,Lewis and hetymeyer and Thomas deserve a chances this point a win against Zimbabwe is not to be counted let’s see how we do against newzeland and the other top team come on Mr laws be real please we are hurting and a lot of supporters are turning away thanks for listening


    • harry turnover November 11, 2017 at 6:52 am

      ….and what has Lewis and Thomas done AT THE FIRST CLASS LEVEL TO WARRANT SELECTION ???
      Ambris has been performing TWO SEASONS now but you want your favorites to be included although THEY ARE NOT BEING CONSISTENT…..and because Lewis has been performing IN RESTRICTED CRICKET that doesn’t mean that he can perform in UNRESTRICTED cricket too


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