Ambris still hoping on Test career

January 18, 2021
Sunil Ambris
Sunil Ambris


Sunil Ambris is refusing to give up on his Test dreams, despite finding more success in the one-day format of the game for West Indies.

The 27-year-old has endured a nightmare start to his Test career, and averages 15 from six Tests.

In contrast, he boasts a healthy average of 44 from 13 One-Day Internationals (ODI), with a career-best of 148 against Ireland in Dublin back in 2019.

And despite having not played a Test in a shade over two years, Ambris said he was still plotting a way back.

"I haven't [given up hope]. I still want to get back in the Test team," the Vincentian told reporters.

"It is actually something I'm working towards. I think I still have some work to do but it's something I'm looking forward to."

Ambris is part of the West Indies one-day squad which clashes with hosts Bangladesh in a three-match series beginning on Wednesday.

He has been named vice-captain to stand-in skipper, Jason Mohammed, after regular captain Kieron Pollard, along with several other first-choice players, opted out of the tour due to COVID-19 concerns.

And while he was not expecting the elevation, he believes he can play a role in helping to nurture a squad packed with nine uncapped players.

Very excited

"[I am] very excited. To be honest, it's not something that I saw coming but I am very excited," he explained.

"I have played with and against [Jason] for a number of years. He's been my captain in A-team series before and we have a very good relationship."

Ambris has had a decent run in the ODI side and featured in the Windies' last series against Sri Lanka prior to the lockdown for COVID-19 last March, scoring 60 in the last innings off the tour.

He also averages 43 against Bangladesh, after facing them in three matches during a Tri-Series in Ireland in 2019, which also included the hosts.

However, Ambris concedes that conditions will play a key role this time around in his success against the Tigers, notorious for their strength on home soil.

"My cricket doesn't change. I tend to stay positive, try and play smart. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't but I guess it happens more often than not against Bangladesh," he pointed out.

"I don't think it will be as easy. I think I will have to grind a little bit more than I did in Ireland because I think the pitches there were really, really good pitches for batting.

"I would love to get at least one hundred out of these three games. I think that would do me a lot of good."

He added: "This is actually the first tour that I am confident that I would actually be starting so I would like to use this tour to cement myself in the playing XI for further tours."

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