Windward Islands star blows West Indies selection chance for Sri Lanka Tests

Jordan Carlisle March 11, 2021
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Windward Islands star Sunil Ambris has ended his chances of West Indies Test selection with a poor performance in a trial match.

Ambris took part in a ‘Best v Best’ multi-day game at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua this week, as those not involved in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka looked to stake a claim for selection for the upcoming two-match Test series.

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Several players grabbed the opportunities presented to them.

John Campbell performed excellently with the bat for Chase XI, while Rahkeem Cornwall impressed in both disciplines for Brathwaite XI.

Windward Islands star blows West Indies selection chance

It was very much a match to forget for Ambris, though, who ended up on the losing side with Chase XI.

The Windward Islands batsman, who hails from St Vincent and the Grenadines, has fared well on the domestic circuit in recent seasons, with his performances earning him opportunities at the international level.

He has already played Test and ODI cricket for West Indies, but his returns in the longest format have been disappointing.

From six matches, he averages 15.09 and has a highest score of just 43.

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This ‘Best v Best’ match was an opportunity to show that he’d gone away and worked on his game and was ready for another crack at the highest level.

However, he failed in both innings, facing only 13 balls in the entire match.

Ambris bagged a pair, with a first-ball dismissal lbw to the impressive Jayden Seales in the first innings, before being caught at short-midwicket off the bowling of Preston McSween second time around.

After several newcomers impressed on the recent tour of Bangladesh, the 27-year-old needed to score heavily in the match to keep himself in West Indies contention.

These failures likely ensure that he’s slipped well below the likes of Kyle Mayers, Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Darren Bravo and Shamarh Brooks in the pecking order, though, and now only outstanding performances for the Windward Islands in the next edition of the Regional Four-Day competition will bring him back into the reckoning.

Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.