Inform Ambris eyes more runs in second 'Test'
FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica (CMC) :
Sunil Ambris said he was preparing hard to follow up with a second hundred when West Indies "A" face Sri Lanka "A" in the second "Test", starting today at the Trelawny Multiplex.
The Windies "A" batsman hit his fourth first-class hundred of 106 to lead the hosts to 364 for eight declared in their first innings, paving the way for an innings-and-13-run victory in the weather-affected first "Test", which ended last Saturday at the same venue.
"It was a good innings, but it was not my best first-class hundred," said Ambris. "It was good in the context of the game. I was able to score at a good clip, and most of the other batsmen in the match were not able to accomplish the same thing, and that helped to set the tone for our solid first-innings total."
Ambris said that the knock increased the level of confidence he had in his game and that he would be looking to epitomise consistency with another solid knock over the weekend.
Brimming with confidence
"I am always a confident person, but scoring a hundred in the first 'Test' could only boost my confidence more going into the next 'Test'," he said. "I will just try to stay positive, respect the good bowling, and put away the bad balls.
"I take practice very seriously. I do a lot leading up to games. I practise very hard, so it becomes easier for me when I get into the game. I put in a lot of effort and hit a lot of balls, and I plan do the same for the next game."
On the conditions and the challenge of facing up to the Sri Lanka "A" spin attack, Ambris said: "It was a good cricket pitch. There was something there for the bowlers, and you could bat comfortably on it and trust the bounce, so you could easily put away the bad balls. Once you were prepared to work hard for success, you could achieve it on this surface.
"Facing up to their spinners was not something that was too hard. I am accustomed to playing spin bowling in our regional competitions. The quality is not too much different. We have good-quality spinners in the Caribbean. The key was being patient."
Ambris said that there was motivation for every player to want to give of their best in the second "Test", since Windies "A" lead the three-match series 1-0 and would be looking to wrap up a series victory with a match to spare.
"We stuck to the task very well and we played as a team in the first 'Test'," he said. "The guys were very focused all the way through, and it was a total team effort. We just need to do the same thing in this game as we did in the previous match."