West Indies winning the third test match in Grenada made former pacer Curtly Ambrose very happy. The first two matches ended in a draw which brought a lot of criticism to the pitches. The Grenada pitch was a much livelier wicket with England failing to resist the pace attack from West Indies. Ths hosts thus won the three-match series 1-0.
England were bowed out for 24 in the first innings and just for a paltry 120 on the second. As much as it exposed the weakness in their batting, it also highlighted the quality of Windies bowling attack. Kyle Mayers took 5/18 to skittle out the opposition for a mere 120. Ambrose said that the win over England means a lot to the Caribbean people after the lean patch they had in international cricket.
”It means a lot not only for the team but for us as Caribbean people. We were spoiled, for many years we were the best team in the world, beating everybody. We’ve had some lean years. There’s still a lot of work to be done,” Ambrose said.
”Winning one game convincingly doesn’t mean we’ve turned the corner but it’s a step in the right direction. We’ve seen in times past when they get under pressure they tend to crumble. That didn’t happen this series,” he further added.
Series Win A Step Towards Right Direction: Curtly Ambrose
Curly Ambrose who took 405 Test wickets further said that the senior players in the team like Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite are leading the team in the right direction.
“We have guys like (pace bowler) Kemar Roach and (all-rounder) Jason Holder leading the way. They are great examples to follow. We put in a lot of work (in preparation and) it just carried through every game, someone else raising their hand and doing their job, the effort was remarkable,” Ambrose added.
West Indies have moved to the seventh position in the WTC 2021-23 points table after the Test series win over England. Joe Root’s team are languishing at the bottom and have a lot of work to do if they want to move up the ladder.