ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Attacking right-hander Sunil Ambris says he is not taking his call-up to the West Indies side for granted and will be looking to prove his worth in the five-match series against India.The 24-year-old was one of two uncapped players included in the Windies squad for the remaining three One-Day Internationals, with West Indies A batsman Kyle Hope also picked in the 13-man unit.“I’m delighted. This is all the hard work that I’ve been putting in which is paying off,” Vincentian Ambris said here yesterday.“This is not the end of the road, I have to come here and perform. When I got the call I was stunned as it is basically my childhood dream to play for West Indies and it is something I have been working hard towards.”He earned his selection based on his heavy scoring in both the first class championship and the Regional Super50 where he was among the leading scorers.His 423 runs at an average of 70 with six half-centuries for Windward Islands Volcanoes in the Super50 was one of the stand-out performances.He also made his mark in the four-day tournament with 608 runs at an average of 43. His scintillating 231 against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at an amazing strike rate of 90, was also one of the performances of the season.“I’d class myself as an attacking batsman but of late I like to take my time and get in, bat some balls and then I can play all of my shots,” Ambris explained.He added: “That double (century) came in quick time too but at the start I had to take time and play myself in but it’s not that I changed the way I batted much. I took my time in the 50-overs, waited on the bad balls (and it’s the) same thing I did in the four-day.”The island of St Vincent is more known for its fast bowing stock, having produced West Indies players like Winston Davis, Ian Allen, Cameron Cuffy and Nixon McLean.Ambris said bucking this trend was an important achievement for the tiny country.“I’m very proud indeed (to be from St Vincent),” he stressed.“I think there are only one or two batsmen from St Vincent who have made the team before, so it’s indeed a pleasure as a batsman making the team.”Ambris is still relatively new to regional competition, having played just 35 first class games and 20 List A since his debut three years ago.However, he said settling in with the squad had been a seamless experience as he was quite familiar with most of the players.“I’m quite comfortable. I know everybody. (I’ve) played against if not with most of the guys. It’s been easy.”West Indies face India in the third ODI at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground tomorrow before clashing again in the fourth match at the same venue two days later.They trail 0-1 in the series following their 105-run defeat in the second ODI in Port of Spain last Sunday.The first game, also at Queen’s Park Oval, was abandoned as a no-result because of rain.West Indies squad:Jason Holder (capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams
After a tough stretch at home, it doesn’t get any easier for the Women of Troy.The USC women’s soccer team (3-9, 0-3) will head to the Bay Area for the next stretch of Pac-12 competition.Ending a six-game losing streak and securing the team’s first conference victory won’t be an easy task. First up for the Women of Troy is No. 1 Stanford, followed by unranked California, who has received votes in the national polls in recent weeks.Optimistic · Senior midfielder/defender Ashli Sandoval believes USC can snap its recent slide if it forgets about the pressure surrounding the team. – Jaideep Chadha | Daily Trojan“We’ve watched film on Stanford,” senior midfielder/defender Ashli Sandoval said. “They really like to attack on offense. That’s how they win games. It’s going to take a solid effort to stop them.”Though USC has struggled, Stanford (11-0-1) is playing better soccer than any team in the country. The Cardinal has won 11 of its 12 games, with the only blemish on its record coming in a 0-0 double overtime tie at Maryland on Aug. 26. Since then, Stanford has outscored its opponents 27-2, winning nine straight games.The Cardinal is also working on a streak of six straight shutouts, which spells trouble for a USC team that has found trouble scoring goals.“We’ve been working hard this week on our descent, our attack,” Sandoval said. “We’re going to try and increase the pressure. Hopefully we are able to capitalize on the chances that we get.”Cal also presents a challenge for USC. After a three-game road trip, the Golden Bears (8-3-1) return home to Berkeley, where they are 4-1 on the season.“We haven’t seen much on Cal, but we know they’re good,” Sandoval said. “We just have to come out and play our best ball no matter who it is.”That strategy might be an effective one for the Women of Troy. After beginning the 2011 season ranked No. 25 in the country, USC has been victimized by several close, difficult losses and is at the bottom of the Pac-12. Sandoval said that, with less pressure on the team, they might perform like it is capable of performing.“We have nothing to lose,” Sandoval said. “We don’t want to lose, and I think we can be a great team. I think without all the pressure we can win some games.”After USC’s latest one-goal defeat, Khosroshahin expressed similar sentiments.“We’re going to keep kicking it,” he said. “We have to forget all the other stuff and just play.”USC’s match against top-ranked Stanford kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight. The Women of Troy will have an off day before taking on California at 1 p.m. on Sunday.