Ambris praised for the transformation of his game

first_imgLINCOLN, 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 here 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.Last weekend’s hundred helped Ambris press his case for a spot in the starting XI in the first Test against the Black Caps bowling off December 1 in Wellington.But Estwick said aside from Ambris’s form, what had impressed him even more was the player’s attitude to improvement.“What I admired most about him when the fast bowlers wanted to have a workout during the first day (of the tour match),” Estwick explained.“Sunil was the first to put his pads on and he said to me, ‘I’m batting the five best fast bowlers in the region’ and the best five best fast bowlers had about an hour, hour-and-a-half bowling at him.“He was able to bat them and he took that knock straight out in the middle and you could see the benefits from it.”last_img read more

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COLEMAN WEARS POPPY JERSEY, BUT McCLEAN REFUSAL CAUSES STORM

first_imgSinn Féin has condemned those involved in what they have called a witch-hunt on social media sites against footballer James McClean for his decision not to wear a poppy when playing for his club Sunderland today.The player – from Derry – made the decision for the game with Everton not to wear the jersey.Donegal man Seamus Coleman, who played for Everton and who plays alongside McClean for the national side, did wear a jersey with a poppy on it. Derry SF spokesman Raymond McCartney said: “No person, in any walk of life, should be forced to wear any symbol. That includes the red poppy, symbol of the Royal British Legion. Neither should any disrespect be read into a person’s decision to wear such a symbol.“It appears that James McClean is now the subject of a witch-hunt on social media for his choice not to wear a poppy on his shirt when playing for Sunderland today.“This ‘poppy bullying’ culture raises its head at this time every year. We have seen attempts to make workplaces compulsory poppy wearing zones.“The BBC has been guilty of corporate ‘poppy bullying’ by refusing to allow presenters who choose not to wear a poppy to at this time of year to appear on screen. This is shameful. “The right of people not to feel intimidated into wearing a poppy must be recognised. That includes professional footballers. James McClean’s personal choice in this regard should be respected.” COLEMAN WEARS POPPY JERSEY, BUT McCLEAN REFUSAL CAUSES STORM was last modified: November 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SINN FEIN CONDEMN ‘POPPY BULLIES BEHIND WITCH-HUNT’ ON SOCCER STAR McCLEANlast_img read more

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