West Indies (Windies) legend and former bowling coach Curtly Ambrose has questioned the team’s preparation ahead of the series against New Zealand on the heels of a heavy first Test defeat.
The Windies were defeated by an innings and 67 runs in the first Test at Wellington Basin, which included a shambolic first inning that saw the team dismissed for 134. The batsmen, in particular, failed to deal with the bowling of Neil Wagner who wrapped up 7 wickets for 39 runs.
Australian camp was no help
Ahead of the New Zealand series the team had embarked on a training camp in Australia, which Ambrose insists did not provide ideal conditions for the challenge ahead.
“In my opinion, we made a slight mistake by going to Australia prior to going to New Zealand because I believe that the conditions in Australia are totally different than in New Zealand which can be a little like England where it can get cold one time and then the next day it gets hot. So, I believe we should have gone to New Zealand a little earlier to be more acclimatized as opposed to going to Australia,” Ambrose said.
The team was, however, coming off a tour of England in October where they lost a Test series 2-1 to the hosts.