Curtly Ambrose

Curtly Ambrose photographCurtly Ambrose made his debut for the West Indies after only six first class matches in 1988,  and for 12 years Ambrose was known to his West Indies team-mates, as the Calypso-singing, guitar-playing, leg-pulling entertainer. However once Test duty called he transformed himself into the meanest most feared fast bowler of his era.  Standing 6 feet, 7 inches, Ambrose was taller than any bowler in international cricket and made full use of his height to generate lift and unerring accuracy to disconcert  batsmen. 

After bursting into the Test team in 1988 Curtly Ambrose was the bowler on whom the West Indies depended on, more than any other. And time and time again during his career, Ambrose inspired dramatic West Indian victories with his incisive fast bowling. Two spells stand out: the 6 for 24 that bundle England out for 46 in the third Test in Trinidad in 1993-94, and his series-clinching burst of 7 for 25 against Australia in the fifth Test at the WACA in 1993. 

Curtly Ambrose along with Courtney Walsh, formed one of the greatest opening bowling partnerships, as evidenced by the 421 wickets they shared in the 49 test matches they played together. In Test cricket, Ambrose played in 98 Test, he bowled 1001 maiden overs (roughly two in every seven), and took 405 wickets (the fifth bowler to exceed the 400 wicket barrier) at a bowling average of 20.99. Ambrose best performance was 8 for 45 against England at Barbados in 1990 (in 34 Tests against England he took 164 wickets, dismissing Mike Atherton 17 times); he took five wickets or better on 25 occasions.

At the age of 37, Curtly Ambrose retired from Test cricket after the 2000 West Indies tour to England. After retirement Ambrose and Richie Richardson started a band call 'New Dread and the Baldhead'. Ambrose is currently a Stanford 20/20 legend with responsibilty for teams Nevis; St. Kitts.

Curtly Ambrose Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 176

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 639

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 10.65

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 225

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 24.12

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 0

Date of Birth

September 21, 1963, Swetes Village, Antigua

Test Debut

West Indies v Pakistan at Georgetown - Apr 2-6, 1988  

Last Test Match

England v West Indies at The Oval - Aug 31-Sep 4, 2000  

ODI Debut

West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston - Mar 12, 1988 
Last ODI Match West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain - Apr 23, 2000 

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm fast

Screenshot Description
Ambrose and Walsh Destroys South Africa One of the greatest test matches played at Barbados with South Africa needing only 79 runs for victory on the final day and 8 wickets in hand. They were still swept aside by the pace and aggression of the West Indies. Eight wickets disappeared for 25 runs in 20 overs under a devastating spell of bowling by Courtney Walsh and Ambrose. This DVD captures the final day's excitement.
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