Sir Curtly backs Hetmyer

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Fast-bowling legend and former West Indies cricketer, Sir Curtly Ambrose, is hoping that young Guyanese batsman, Shimron Hetmyer, is allowed to develop his aggressive style of play and that his coaches recognise it as a positive aspect of his game.
Hetmyer got scores of 13 and 66 in the regional squad’s recent innings loss to host New Zealand at Wellington.
He has struggled to keep his place in the team but Sir Curtly believes he can be an asset to the Windies.
“He’s one of those players who have a lot of potential, very positive, very aggressive with his stroke play and I just hope that the coaches don’t try to change him to be something different. If he is an aggressive player taking the attack to the bowlers, then that is always a good quality to have. What I think the coaches need to do is just to educate him along the lines of just being a little more selective because he can’t attack every delivery,” he said.
As to whether he thinks that batting at number three is too much pressure for the 20-year-old, Sir Curtly said the former ICC World Under-19 champion must stand up and be counted.
“I look at cricket a little differently and all this talk about batting at number three is a specialist position is nonsense because if you can bat, then you can bat at 1, 2, 3 or even 11. Why is it more special than number four or why it is more special than opening the batting and I probably believe that the opening position is probably the most difficult because you get the new ball every single day and you’re the ones having to lay the foundation and make it easier for 3, 4, 5, 6 and the others to come,” he said.
The second Test is slated to begin in Hamilton on December 9 with the first ODI slated for December 20.

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