Sir Curtly: West Indies players don’t have the passion to win

Sir Curtly Ambrose.
Associated Press, File

Fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose says the West Indies players don’t seem to have the passion, pride and will to win matches.

The 57-year-old former coach with the regional team, said urgency among the players had been lacking which was seen in the way the team fielded and batted in both the New Zealand Test.

West Indies lost each Test by an innings inside four days to extend their dire record of not having won a Test series on New Zealand soil in 25 years.

“The guys are not looking hungry enough from what I have seen,” said Sir Curtly, who dominated his career with 405 wickets from 98 Tests.

“They don’t seem to have that type of passion and the pride and will to win. It seems as if they just go out there, hoping that New Zealand will just fall apart and we can win the game. It doesn’t work so,” he said in a recent radio interview.

Sir Curtly said that while the bowlers played their part, the fielding left a lot to be desired, especially in the second Test when Henry Nicholls was dropped five times on his way to a career-best 174.

“In all sports if you keep using several players and they keep under-performing or they keep failing then you leave the selectors no choice but to try other players,” he stressed.

“I think we have to look at our whole cricket and decide where we go from there. We have to make some changes because we can’t expect to play the same players over and get a different result,” he lamented.

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