West Indies were a fearsome side in the 70s and 80s. The Calypso Kings featured a bowling line-up that included legends like Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Ian Bishop.
The 90s’ saw the emergence of the infallible Curtly Ambrose. A giant of the game in every sense, Curtly Ambrose is the second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket for West Indies with over 400 wickets to his tally.
Ambrose was a man of few words on and off the pitch. But his blood-curdling stare could rile up even the most premier batters of the world.
When cricket.com.au asked the modern-day Australian players which great West Indian quick they would least like to face, there was only one answer. Nobody wanted to face Curtly Ambrose. Except Steve Smith, of course!
“I’d actually like to face him if that makes sense. Looked like he was a gun, but I’d actually like to experience it as well.” said Steve Smith
Furthermore, Marnus Labuschagne said,
“Yeah, that would be a good challenge. Look like a nightmare. He’d be pretty horrible to face. Reagan vicarly. He’s a legend”
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Ambrose had a good record against Australia in the early ’90s, Let’s check out some,
7-25 vs Australia (Perth, 1993)
Ambrose produced one of the finest spells in the history of Test cricket when he demolished Australia’s batting line-up single-handedly in the Perth Test match of 1993. The lanky pacer took 7 wickets in Australia’s first innings in the series decider. With the series tantalizingly poised at 1-1, Ambrose delivered when it mattered the most. On the back of Ambrose’s spell of 7-25, West Indies registered a famous Test series win down under.
4-46 vs Australia (Adelaide, 1993)
In the Adelaide Test match of 1993, Ambrose stunned the hosts in the fourth innings. Australia needed only 186 runs to win the match and the series, however, Ambrose had other ideas. The fearsome Ambrose destroyed the Australian batting line-up with his spell of 4-46, taking his side to a one-run victory in a thrilling contest.