Former cricketers Curtly Ambrose and Geoffrey Boycott have lashed out at the Windies cricket team after their abysmal innings defeat against England in the Pink Ball Test at Edgbaston. Ambrose tagged the performance as “embarrassing” and “pathetic”, while Boycott opined that the current lot is the worst Test match team that he has seen in over 50 years.
The first Test of the ongoing three-match Test series finished inside three days, with England enforcing a follow-on and enjoying a massive victory by an innings and 209 runs. On a pitch that was not offering much to the bowlers, only twice did the Windies post an individual score of 40 or more in the entire game and lasted only a total of 92.4 overs for their 20 wickets.
“In the end it was totally embarrassing. I never saw any aggression from the West Indies players throughout the three days. There was no belief that they could compete, let alone beat England. They seemed to be waiting for England to make mistakes and at this level that is not going to work. Trust me, it was painful to watch,” the West Indian legend wrote in The Daily Mail.
“What concerns me is that I do not think these players know what West Indies cricket means to West Indians and followers of the global game. I was with the team for two years as bowling coach and we tried to educate them about our heritage. I tried to tell them what West Indies cricket meant. I talked about the pride and passion in representing the region and our people.
“I could talk to them all day but once they stepped over that rope they were on their own and if they were not prepared to listen, it was simply a waste of time. It does hurt. And it has reached a point where it is very embarrassing.”
Meanwhile, Boycott too came down hard on the visitors, who were a no-match against a quality England outfit and even went on to say that it was a “cricketing tragedy” to see the side in such a poor state.
“This West Indies lot are the worst Test match team I have seen in more than 50 years of watching, playing and commentating on cricket,” he penned down in The Telegraph.“They can’t bat and can’t bowl. I take no pleasure out of saying this as I played against some of the greatest players the world has ever seen wearing the maroon cap of the West Indies.
“It is a cricketing tragedy to see the West Indies like this and there is no gloating over them losing. We all want England to win Test matches but we should not be euphoric about this. It is just sad to see a once-proud cricket Test team lower than any I have ever seen before.”