Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Curtly Ambrose

By June 04, 2020
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Curtly Ambrose was fast and standing at 6 ft 8 ins, he created steep bounce from just back of a length. Nobody, but nobody found it easy to deal with the pacer, even when much of the pace had gone close to the end of a 12-year career with the West Indies.

The difficulty with negotiating Ambrose’s awkward bounce meant the ODI game was suited to him since batsmen had to go looking for quick runs but against Sir Curtly, that may be to your peril. But Curtly, who didn’t depend much on swing, also had cutters off the pitch, both inward and outward.

The angle he bowled from lent itself naturally to the ball darting in and then holding its line after pitching, bringing the outside edge of the bat into play. However, you would be wrong to think this was always going to happen, as Sir Curtly was also notorious for getting the ball to jag back prodigiously from outside off stump. That would create many instances of batsmen dragging on, or just getting bowled. Then there was his yorker. An expert at delivering it, the ball coming from 10 feet up was notoriously difficult to negotiate.

Sir Curtly was also very accurate, and so often, when he would take wickets, they would be taken in bunches because new batsmen got no wayward deliveries or warm-ups they could leave alone until they get their eye in. Sir Curtly was interested in getting you to play.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose

Born: September 21, 1963 (56), Swetes Village, Antigua

Major teams: West Indies, Leeward Islands, Northamptonshire, UWI Vice Chancellor's Celebrity XI, West Indies Masters

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

 

ODI Career: West Indies (1988-2000)

Mat    Inns    Balls   Runs    Wkts   BBI     BBM     Ave     Econ    SR       4w     5w     10w

176      175    9353    5429     225    5/17    5/17     24.12   3.48     41.5       6        4        0

 

Career Highlights

  • Captured 225 wickets at 24.12
  • Took four 5-wicket hauls in ODIs
  • 2nd most wickets by a West Indian in ODIs
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