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Ambrose makes it into ICC Hall of Fame

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September 12, 2011

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Curtly Ambrose sports his memento after being inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, ICC Awards, London, September 12, 2011
One of the finest fast bowlers of all time, Curtly Ambrose picked up 405 Test wickets at 20.99 © Associated Press
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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.

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Posted by whatever007 on (September 15, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

A true legend of WI cricket, and one of the greatest bowlers of all time! One of my favorite memories as a boy is watching Ambrose run in with venom, wrists twitching just before delivery and staring down a batsman that has missed and played an unplayable delivery. There have been few bowlers in the 100+ years of cricket that can will his team to win by the shear force of determination. He was one of them! I am glad he is being honored for his outstanding contribution to the game., Well deserved.

Posted by bobagorof on (September 15, 2011, 0:43 GMT)

I remember Matthew Elliot being entranced by Ambrose's run-up to the crease. The problem was, Elliot was batting at the time! A wonderful bowler to watch, he singlehandedly kept Antigua in the match against Australia at the Commonwealth Games with 3/30-odd, along with his performances for the West Indies. One of my all-time favourite bowlers.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2011, 21:34 GMT)

my all time fav bowler...

Posted by   on (September 14, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

This man was THE REAL Deal i remember when i used to go to bourda to see him bowl never miss him on tv too the BIG MAN used to make opposition batsmen quake was pure joy to watch ... it pains me as a WI like so many others to see what our team has now become . thanks for the memories Curtley .

Posted by   on (September 14, 2011, 0:41 GMT)

You were the best in your time... Love your dreads and your bald head. Thumbs up Bro

Posted by Shilly77 on (September 13, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

Top class bowler! Never forget his spell at Perth and when he destroyed england in Trinidad! Brings a massive smile to my face!!!!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2011, 17:27 GMT)

Curtly Elcoln Lynwall Ambrose...My Cricketing Idol...Congrats To You Ambi.Just writing this Brought tears to My Eyes.A True Cricket Hero.Long Live Curtly Ambrose.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

Congrats CEL Ambrose. A master at what you did it was a joy to watch you.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

Champion player. Pride of the West Indies. It must be an amazing feeling to be honoured by the sport you excelled at. Good on you Curtley Ambrose!

Posted by Dilmah82 on (September 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

@r1m2 You are kind of jumping the gun a bit. The hall of fame elected only 3 or 4 players each year. You can have a look on ICC website of past inductees. Last year Walsh and Garner were amongst those admitted. They can't do everyone at once, and they need to have retired for a certain period first. Most of the names you mentioned will eventually get there!

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