sports- #1995 Jamaica Test 200 made me as a player: Steve Waughnewstolive - June 27, 2020 56 0 COMMENTS
Sydney: Former Australian captain Steve Waugh mentioned that his double hundred in opposition to the West Indies in Jamaica throughout the 1995 Test made him a participant.
Waugh scored 200 in opposition to a West Indies assault that was spearheaded by Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh. Waugh credited coach Bob Simpson with serving to him discover his kind.
“The West Indies innings made me as a player and probably goes back to Bob Simpson. He doesn’t get a lot of credit. After the first couple of Tests, he sat our group of batsmen down and he said ‘this is not good enough’,” Waugh advised former England captain Mike Atherton in an interview for Sky Sports.
“Somewhere, one of you guys need to go and get a big hundred, and we said ‘well, hang on look, why don’t you go and try this, those are four quicks, and we are doing our best’.
“But I walked away from that meeting and I thought ‘maybe there is something in what he is saying. Are we tough enough? Can we break through and get that big score’.
“That happened in the 200 I scored in Jamaica. Sometimes you need to be told the truth and he told us ‘you are soft, and need to do better’. And getting that 200 was the highlight of my career, against the best team in the world that had been unbeaten in 15 years.”
Waugh had his well-known confrontation with Ambrose within the earlier Test. He was all reward for the West Indies quick bowling nice, calling him an “incredible adversary.”
“Curtly Ambrose was a great bowler. He was an incredible adversary and my most respected opponent. He never said anything to you, and that was worse than sledging. You didn’t know what he was thinking, is he trying to get me out, or is he going to hurt me,” he mentioned.
“That’s worse than someone telling you what they are going to do. He was always there on the good length, and his short ball was always on the throat. He was an incredible competitor.”