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DOMINICA---Mitchell Johnson and
Mitchell Starc will showcase their fast-
bowling expertise over the next couple of
weeks as Australia battle West Indies in
a two-Test series.
Johnson tore England apart in the 2013-
14 Ashes, seizing 37 wickets at an average
of 13.97 across the five games, while Mitchell
Starc proved a batsman's nightmare at the
recent World Cup, the master of the yorker
ending the tournament with 22 scalps.
Yet neither are considered the best quick
bowlers in the world by West Indies bowling
coach Curtly Ambrose, a man who pocketed
405 Test-match wickets at a lick under 21.
"I would say Dale Steyn," Ambrose told
Sky Sports after being asked who the finest
seamer on the planet was.
"He has the pace but knows fast bowling
is not just about bowling fast. He knows
how to work batsmen out and that's what
great fast bowlers need."
Steyn could soon follow England man
James Anderson in moving past the 400-
wicket milestone in Tests, the 31-year-old
is perched on 396 heading into the Proteas'
July series in Bangladesh.
Numbers like that are a distant dream
for West Indies' current speedsters Jerome
Taylor (114), Shannon Gabriel (31) and Jason
Holder (13) but Ambrose insists each man
has bundles of talent.
"Jerome can be a much better bowler
than he is," said Ambrose.
"He swings the ball at ease and can bowl
with real pace, so what I am working on
with him is his patience---when he becomes
a patient bowler he can do a lot for West
"Holder is a wonderful talent and has
the makings of becoming a great all-rounder,
while Shannon, who came into cricket very
late and is still learning the art of fast bowl-
ing, has the pace and work ethic to be a
Ambrose's team won many admirers dur-
ing their recent tussles with England, with
a largely inexperienced outfit bouncing back
from defeat in Grenada to win in Barbados
and draw the three-Test series 1-1.
And the former Northamptonshire bowler
is confident the Caribbean clan can impress
again against Australia if they show enough
"Australia are aggressive and are going
the challenge," added Ambrose.
"It is not going to be easy but if we show
some fight and believe we can compete
against them we will be okay."
ROSEAU---President of the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron
says one of the reasons for rejecting the
idea of a Council to oversee West Indies
Cricket is because it would not have
been an elected body.
The recommendation to implement a
Council was made by former Jamaica
Prime Minister PJ Patterson, who, in 2007,
chaired a Committee, which included Dr
Ian McDonald and Sir Alister McIntyre.
The committee presented their findings
to the Julian Hunte-led organisation after
carrying out a review of the governance
of West Indies cricket, commissioned by
the then WICB president Ken Gordon.
"The board rejected that idea, the board
felt that at every step of the way we are
all elected members," said Cameron as
he addressed a town hall meeting here
on Monday night.
"Why should we all be elected, work
in cricket and then there is some eminent
counsel chosen by whom to elect and
lead this body."
The report, also known as the Gover-
nance Report, examined all the major
facets of West Indies cricket and advanced
solutions to issues of leadership, market-
ing, Board structure and the relationship
between the Board and players.
The Patterson report also recommended
the formation of a reconstituted body
called West Indies Cricket to oversee crick-
et in the Caribbean.
Cameron said the WICB has imple-
mented "about 80 to 90 per cent" of the
"The big thing we haven't implemented
is a council...that would sit on top of the
West Indies Cricket Board", he said.
DOMINICA---West Indies captain Denesh
Ramdin is looking to a new generation
of players to stand up against Australia
as they commence life after Shivnarine
Chanderpaul in Dominica.
Apart from Ramdin himself, Marlon
Samuels and Darren Bravo are among the
men much will be expected of in a series
where a highly ranked but underdone Aus-
tralia may be vulnerable to pressure applied
by the hosts, provided they can post sig-
nificant first-innings totals.
For nearly two decades Chanderpaul
was expected to be the bulwark of such
tallies, but now Ramdin said others needed
to step up, showing the sort of steel asso-
ciated with the 40-year-old Guyanese
before his form tailed off drastically in the
recent series against South Africa and
"It's very important that the main play-
ers stand up, put our hands up and do
the bulk of the batting for the team,"
Ramdin said. "We know what Marlon is
capable of, young Darren Bravo who has
been here for six, seven years now, a lot
rests on his shoulders. He knows that and
I think he's going to do well in this series.
"We've got some youngsters who've
done well in the regional tournament.
They have the talent, it's just about getting
some experience at this level now. They're
going to get the opportunity. The oppo-
sition is going to come hard at us so I
think they're going to put up their hand
and be counted for. The series against
England was good, a brilliant experience
for some of the guys and that'll help us
One reason West Indies may be capable
of leaving Chanderpaul behind is the fact
they have now assembled a highly expe-
rienced support staff, including team man-
ager Richie Richardson, coach Phil Sim-
mons, batting assistant Stuart Williams
and bowling assistant Curtly Ambrose.
All took part in one way or another on
Australia's tour to the Caribbean in 1995,
when Mark Taylor's men ended 15 years
of West Indian domination.
Another factor in favour of the hosts
this week is the two sides' respective lead-
ins. Australia's Test team have not assem-
bled for a match since January against
India in Sydney, as the World Cup victory
and holidays swallowed up the intervening
period. By contrast West Indies recently
fought out a 1-1 home Test series against
England, and will be much more familiar
with the prevailing slow and turning con-
Ambrose backs Windies quickies
Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor go through their paces during practice before the first Test West
Indies v Australia at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY WICB MEDIA
Ramdin wants more from Bravo, Samuels
Bovell goes for
gold in Rome
Cameron gives reason for ditching council
T&T swimmer George
Bovell will be going for gold
when he lines up in the men s
50m freestyle final at the 21st
Tropheo Citta di Roma, at the
Palace of Swimming Pool,
Salaria Sport Village, Rome,
Bovell, the three-time
reigning Central American and
Caribbean (CAC) Games 50
metres freestyle champion and
multiple Pan American Games
medallist was second in yes-
terday's third of 19 heats in
23.15 seconds from lane four,
just behind 24-year-old Span-
ish champion Markel Alberdi
(23.12) who swam from lane
five while Andrea Rolla, 31,
was third in 23.76, from lane
Bovell was good enough for
the fourth fastest qualifying
time behind his Italian ADN
Swim Project club mate, Russ-
ian Lagunov Evgent and Italy's
Lucio Spadaro, who were joint
winners of heat one in 23.08
seconds from heat four and
five respectively while Alberdi
and Bovell were the next best
qualifiers. Another ADN
swimmer, Russian Tikhobaev
Oleg won heat two in 23.32
ahead of Michele Santucci
(23.42) and Lorenzo Benatti
(23.75) while Rolla was the
eighth and final qualifier to
today's gold medal splash.
Bovell who is using the meet
as part of his preparations for
next month's Pan American
Games in Canada and the
FINA World Aquatic Cham-
pionship in Kazan a month
later, returned to the pool in
the afternoon session and was
fourth in the men's 100m
freestyle third of 18 heats in
51.26 seconds to trail Santucci
(50.22), Oleg (51.01) and
Alessandro Bori (51.03), the
three qualifiers to the eight-
man final, to be the ninth best
The four other competitors
in the heat were Andrea Baioni
(51.91), Francesco Giordano
(51.96), Marttia Schirru (52.28)
and Francesco Formica (54.33).
Evgent was again the top
qualifier and will enter today's
final as the favourite for dou-
ble-gold after he topped heat
one in 49.77 seconds ahead
of fellow qualifiers to the final
in Alberdi (50.45), Alex Di
Girogio (50.66) and Damiano
Lestingi (51.06), who nudged
the final place in the final, just
0.20 hundredths of a second
faster than Bovell's time.
The other place in the final
was secured by Valerio Coggi
who won heat two in 50.95
well ahead of Spadaro (51.36)
who also missed the A-final
cut as the tenth best swim-
The headline in our Monday sport
pages said: 'Murray slams players'
However, after reviewing the
copy, we are satisfied that Murray
never said those words. What the
former West Indies wicket-keeper
Deyck Murray said was: "I know for
a fact that nowhere in my entire
lifetime can I add up the earnings
that I have from sport, business and
from any other thing that I have
done and match what some of our
cricketers get in a year. But you
know what some of those cricketers
dont have? They don't have two
World Cup medals. They don't have
the honour of playing for one of the
greatest West Indies team ever.
There's no price that can
compensate for that."
The error is regretted.
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