ICC news September 12, 2011

Ambrose makes it into ICC Hall of Fame

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. Joining Ambrose in 2011's Hall of Fame class was an Australian trio of former allrounder Alan Davidson, former women's captain Belinda Clark and the late fast bowler Frederick Spofforth.

One of the finest bowlers of all time, Ambrose picked up 405 Test wickets at an average of 20.99 in a career that had remarkable performances. He took 6 for 24 to skittle England for 46 in Trinidad in 1993, and 7 for 25 against Australia at the WACA in 1993 to win the series for his side. He also played 176 ODIs, taking 225 wickets at an average of 24.12.

"It is a privilege and an honour to be inducted in the Hall of Fame," Ambrose said. "In the history of cricket there have been many great cricketers and to be part of that elite group, I'm very happy and very humbled.

"I never thought that this day would come. This only tells me that all the hard work I put in throughout my career did not go unnoticed. I see this also as a just reward for all the joy and happiness that I may have brought to cricket and cricketers alike."

Ambrose, Davidson and Clark will be inducted during the ICC annual awards in London, while Spofforth will be inducted later next year in a ceremony involving the former fast bowler's family.