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Former fast bowler encourages young bowlers to invest time in honing their skills

By Neto Baptiste

Work hard at your craft and things will fall into place. That is the advice of former West Indies fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts to young cricketers from the region aspiring to become world beaters.

Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, the iconic former player and Antiguan, said players are not investing enough time in self-development, reminding that no one ever became the best at what they do by taking a laid-back approach.

“What I think is happening is the lack of players who are willing to work hard. Nothing comes easy and if you aspire to be the best in the world you cannot sit back on your laurels and just hope that it will be, you have to work towards it,” he said.

The former national player recently commended the regional team’s bowlers for their performance against the visiting Pakistan team in their first Test in Jamaica.

As for the future of fast bowling in the Caribbean, Sir Andy said that although he has seen a few of the young pacers in action, he does not have all the necessary information to make a prediction.

“Except for Chemar Holder, I haven’t seen the others like young Phillip [Anderson] from Trinidad and even Keon Harding. I haven’t heard them so it is difficult for me to make any comments. All I would encourage them to do is work hard, train hard, do a lot of running because your strength and stamina and endurance is what will see you through,” the former player said.

 Sir Andy, who bagged 202 wickets in 47 Tests, formed part of the “quartet” of West Indian fast bowlers from the mid-seventies to the early eighties with the others being Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft.

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