'Do not write off WI'
Bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose has cautioned pundits against writing off West Indies, who begin their three-match Test series against South Africa today (3.30 a.m. Ja time).
The former Windies pacer says he is happy with the level of preparation and is backing the lowly ranked Caribbean side to do well against their top-rated opponents.
Eighth-ranked West Indies have had a poor record against their number-one ranked hosts - losing 10 of 12 Tests in South Africa, managing just one win and one draw.
"I feel very confident the way we are at the moment. I believe that we will do well, contrary to what others might believe," said Ambrose.
"We all know South Africa are the number one team in the world, but we are prepared and ready to do battle."
West Indies are optimistic about their bowling line-up, in which rookie pacer Sheldon Cottrell is being tipped to be a surprise element against the Proteas.
Cottrell, who has been explosive in recent performances in the Caribbean and in the warm-up fixture, is part of a fast bowling arsenal that includes Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder.
"Sheldon bowled very well in the warm-up game. Having travelled from the Caribbean and playing two days later, I thought it was a brilliant effort," said the former Windies pacer, who played 98 Tests.
"He's looking good, but we going rely on all the bowlers to bowl South Africa out twice. We are a team, and we are going to play together as a team."