Sir Andy defends against Alzarri comments

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Former fast bowler, Sir Andy Roberts, has defended comments he made during an interview appearing on the sportzwiki.com website, in which he critiqued fellow Antiguan and Windies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph.
Roberts, who played 47 Tests and 56 ODI matches for the regional outfit, said he does not consider the young pacer to be “fast” adding he is more of a medium pacer, bowling at around 85 to 86 miles per hour.
The Antiguan, calling into the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show on Tuesday, said he never criticized Joseph’s ability but was, in fact, responding to a straight forward question.
“What I said is that he is not a fast bowler. I never said he wasn’t a good bowler but there is a difference between fast, fast medium and medium pace and from what I am seeing now, Alzarri was bowling faster in the youth world cup [ICC Under-19] than he is bowling now,” he said.
Sir Andy went on to add that Joseph and others like him, should seek the advice of former players on methods and ways in which they could improve their game. He added that they are not spending enough time on the field.
The former player also criticized the hosts of the show for not first seeking an explanation from him before making assumptions.
“I may not know everything about cricket, I may not know everything about fast bowling but the little that I know, I can see something is wrong and I speak about it. I can criticize but there is criticism and then there is constructive criticism,” Sir Andy said.
“You could have called me and asked me what I said instead of going and expressing your feelings as to what is this and what is that and that I should not have said it because he is an Antiguan but that is not me,” he added.
Joseph is currently representing the Windies in the home series against India. He bagged two wickets for 46 runs in his nine overs when the Windies defeated India by 11 runs here at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
 
 

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