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China v West Indies: Curtly Ambrose reads riot act to team before first Test

The unmistakeable, terrifying stare aimed at so many batsmen over the years has been turned on the West Indies themselves.

Curtly Ambrose, one of the most fearsome fast bowlers ever to grace a cricket ground, mostly has the stereotypical appearance of the gentle giant these days as he accompanies the now struggling Test nation around the globe as their bowling consultant.

However, after an embarrassing first-up loss to a green Cricket XI to begin this tour, Ambrose has turned up the heat on his underperforming side – as well as those predicting they don’t stand a chance in the series starting on Thursday.

“We had a meeting, we had a talk about it and I explained to the guys in no uncertain terms that that’s unacceptable and if we’re going to struggle against an under-19 team, how do we expect to compete against a strong n line-up?” Ambrose said on Tuesday.

“But we had a good meeting. Coach Phil Simmons called a meeting and we talked about a lot of things and I expect that going forward, what’s gone already cannot be changed. So we’ve got to stay focused and move forward.”

The tourists’ hopes for a green Hobart wicket improved on Tuesday as rain fell most of the day and the covers remained on the wicket at Blundstone Arena.

The likes of Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel have to deal with the largely slow, unresponsive pitches prepared in the Caribbean when they’re at home and are understandably more excited about the prospect of a more lively surface in Tasmania. Ambrose believes they have listened to him and taken on board his advice not to fall into the trap of straying too short here.

“Well, I am bigger than most of them so they have to,” he joked. “Since I have joined the team, it took me a little while to really get them to bind to my concept. Of course it wouldn’t change overnight.

“But I must say in recent times I have seen some improvement. They are much more patient, that was one of my problems, they are not a patient bunch. But I have seen some patience in recent times and the areas that they bowl has been more consistent, so I believe once we continue to do those things we are going to be OK.”

After a career in which he featured in an extraordinary period of West Indian dominance spanning two decades, their station in the world game these days does not sit well with Ambrose. He is a realist but believes there are weaknesses in the n line-up to be exploited – the middle order for starters – and maintains the Windies are not simply here to be competitive.

The public panning of them as likely cannon fodder for – one betting agency released a market on Tuesday placing Steve Smith and David Warner at $6 to outscore the West Indian team – only gave them added motivation, he said.

“You as reporters have go to report what you see, so I’ve learnt over the years to, I won’t say ignore, but know what to take from the reports and what not to take,”  Ambrose said.

“But we’re going to be focused, we’re not going to worry about what has been said about us not being a good team or not going to compete, games being over in three days and all that kind of stuff. We’re going to take them and turn them into positives.

“At the end of the day when we perform and beat , then the reporters will have to change their tune. We’re going to do much better than you think.”

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