best bowler that 7/1 was brutal - nice writeup
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Curtley Ambrose devastating spell of 7 for 1 run v Australia - YouTube
if you wanted to take a look at the highlights!
Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick
How does butter usually cut through a knife?
and just quietly it was off the helmet at adelaide!
What an amazing bowler, I have a hair behind Mcgrath because he sometimes reverted to controlling the run rate rather that all out attacking for wickets. One of the top three match winners though. Don't know why he cut back on his yorker in the second half of his career though, that was one hell of a delivery.
Hutton | Hobbs | Bradman* | Richards^ | Tendulkar | Sobers5^ | Gilchrist+ | Khan3 | Marshall1 | Warne4^ | McGrath2
Sutcliffe | Gavaskar* | Headley | Chappell^ | Lara^ | Kallis5^ | Knott+ | Hadlee3 | Ambrose2 | Lillee1 | Muralitharan4
Greenidge | Richards^ | Ponting^ | Pollock | Hammond^ | Worrell5* | Waite+ | Akram3 | Steyn1 | Holding2 | O'Reilly4
Morris | Simpson^ | Sangakkara | Weekes^ | Border*^ | Walcott+ | Faulkner5 | Laker4 | Trueman1 | Garner3 | Donald2
He wasn't playing with many runs towards the fag end of his career, unlike McGrath who would always have a stacked cordon to support him.
That 7/1 spell, as statistically incredible as it is, has never seemed to be something out of the ordinary to me. Never saw it live, was he really roughing up people? I saw this thread last night, and then went to see Shoaib Akhtar's little spell against the Aussies in Colombo. Now that was a force of nature. I get that you take whatever you get but the 7/1 didn't seem to breathe fire if you know what I mean. Impeccable length on a bouncy wicket though, mandatory viewing for fast bowlers.
nah he's a softie!
Curtly Ambrose hilarious 1988 interview - YouTube
but maybe not
Ian Botham vs Curtly Ambrose 1991 - YouTube
*PAIN* DEADLY Curtly Ambrose BROKEN JAW and OUT! vs Geoff Lawson 1988 - YouTube
CURTLY AMBROSE vs MIKE ATHERTON- all 17 test dismissals in order! - YouTube
Magnificent bowler. One you never looked away from watching, because something was always likely to happen.
Usually nothing good for the batsman.
Interestingly, when he started he had a devastating Garner-like Yorker, but he seemed to evolve away from using it as his career went on. Not that it made much difference.
Just a great, great bowler.
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