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West Indies crime of passion

PARTNERS IN CRIME: Curtly Ambrose (left) with former team mate Courtney Walsh

FORMER FAST bowler Curtly Ambrose believes that the West Indies may struggle to return to the glory days of Test cricket as the current crop do not play with the same 'passion.’

The giant quick took more than 400 Test wickets for the West Indies in a career that spanned 12 years and saw him play in 98 Test matches and 176 ODI's.

Having grown up watching some of the all-time greats, Ambrose believes that the current West Indies team will struggle to recreate the halcyon days that saw the side dominate Test cricket.

"I don't think we will ever see us getting back to the days of the 70's, 80's or even the early 90's, because something is missing. I don't think the guys play with the same sort of passion.

"These young guys don't really understand what it means to play for the West Indies and what it means to Caribbean people. Cricket is the only thing we have that unifies the entire Caribbean."

Ambrose was speaking after the Lord’s Taverners hosted a dinner at Lord’s cricket ground which was attended by some of the greatest fast bowlers of all time.

Ambrose also visited Lambeth in south London when The Lord’s Taverners staged a special Street Elite coaching session with pupils from Archbishop Tenison’s School.

Ambrose was joined by other legendary bowlers including West Indies giants Courtney Walsh, Andy Roberts, Glenn McGrath, Devon Malcolm, Sir Richard Hadlee, and Makhaya Ntini who spent time passing on tips to the pupils, who despite going to school in the shadows of the Oval have very little access to cricket or outdoor sports.

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