Curtly Ambrose © AFP
Curtly Ambrose has not had much success as West Indies bowling coach © AFP

Saint John’s, Antigua: West Indies great Curtly Ambrose has been replaced as bowling consultant for the Caribbean Test nation by Roderick Estwick, the West Indies Cricket Board said on Friday. Estwick, the Barbados Pride bowling coach, joins the West Indies technical team in time for the upcoming Tri-Nations one-day series against Australia and South Africa. A former West Indies A international, Estwick is due to join the West Indies camp on Thursday of next week. Ambrose’s last involvement with the team was during the World T20 in India in March and April. READ: Curtly Ambrose: Tall, fast, intimidating and devastating

Ambrose, one of the finest fast bowlers of all time and a West Indian legend, was brought on as bowling coach a few years ago. Sadly he has not had a lot of success with the West Indian bowlers. While bowlers such as Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor have done well, the overall West Indian pace attack lacks the flair and aggression of the famed pace quartet of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, and Joel Garner. West Indies have also had the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Ian Bishop, Patrick Patterson, Courtney Walsh, and of course Ambrose himself, since then, but the current generation of West Indian pacers are far from intimidating.

Kemar Roach was once able to clock over 150 kph regularly, but ever since his comeback from injury he has cut down significantly on speed. Jason Holder is as tall as Ambrose, but rarely bowls at more than medium-pace. Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, and others have not managed to live up to their potential with the ball.