Short spells key, advises Sir Curtly

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose is advising new captain Jason Holder not to burden his seam attack with long spells if he wants to ensure their effectiveness in the two-Test series.Since arriving in the south Asian nation, the Windies have been confronted with stifling heat, with temperatures soaring into the mid-30s Celsius, coupled with high humidity.”In these conditions it’s been very, very hot and it is going to be important that the fast bowlers bowl shorter spells,” said Sir Curtly, the legendary Windies fast bowler, who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests.”Bowling eight, nine, 10 overs a spell is going to be too much for them, so the skipper will have to monitor the fast bowlers a little bit better, giving them shorter spells – whether it’s three- or four-over spells – where they can give you a full hundred per cent, so at the end of the day they have some energy left when you need them to produce. So, the spells are going to be important.”He added: “Hydration is going to be (important). You can’t wait until you’re tired or feel hydrated to put in the fluids, so that is going to be key, the hydration factor is going to be key;”Sir Curtly said that in the humid conditions, the fast bowlers will need to make the most of the abbreviated spells and get early wickets, as life would become harder for bowlers as the game went on.”You have to make sure that your first spell – for instance, with the new ball – you have to try your best to make that count,” he cautioned.”You have to nick out a few wickets early because the conditions here will be extremely hot. So short spells for me will do the trick, where fast bowlers will feel a little more fresh than bowling eight or nine overs in one spell.”quick pitchHe said one of the bright spots from the tour game was the awareness of the seamers in knowing the right length to bowl.”It’s a lot hotter than the Caribbean. Playing that three-day warm-up game … there was something for the fast bowlers. It was not a quick pitch, but there was grass on it and something for the fast bowlers,” Sir Curtly pointed out.”What impressed me most with our quickies was that they quickly found the right length to bowl and that was very impressive. We didn’t have to tell them what length to bowl, they really worked it out themselves and that, to me, was very impressive.”Once we can do that going into the Test matches, I think we’re going to be ok.”last_img read more


first_imgCHARITY: A charity football tournament has been organised to raise funds for the Marc Anderson Budapest treatment fund and the fantastic cancer bus service.The four-team tournament is being held in Ballyare and will be made up of supporters from Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and the Donegal League. The games are 11 a side and kick-off for the first game is 1:00pm.It’s a family orientated event and there will be plenty for the kids with bouncy castles, face painting and a penalty kick competition with prizes.There will also be food and refreshments for all.Ballyare has a stand with plenty of seats to enjoy the games in comfort. In the evening in Arena 7 we will also be holding a quiz, raffle and auction for some excellent prizes including something special for the winning quiz team.Prizes and auction items include a signed Damien Duff jersey, Donegal team signed jersey, 2 x Ireland team signed jerseys, a Seamus Coleman signed jersey and Shay Given signed goal keeper gloves and many more.Contact Marcus on 0863788441 to book a quiz team.Organisers of the event would like to thank Fintan Houston of FM cleaning who kindly sponsored the match balls for the day.MASSIVE DONEGAL CHARITY FOOTBALL EVENT FOR MARC ANDERSON TREATMENT FUND was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BudapestMarc AndersonnewsSportTreatment Fundlast_img read more