Curtly Ambrose Applies For Post of Fast Bowling Coach With ECB
Curtly Ambrose and Steve Waugh [Photo-Fox Sports]

West Indies legend Sir Curtly Ambrose has reportedly applied for the post of a fast-bowling coach with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Ambrose, one of the greatest fast bowlers to have played at the international stage, has put his name forward for the role of an elite fast-bowling coach advertised by the ECB about three weeks ago, reported ESPNcricinfo.

Curtly Ambrose, Chris Gayle
Curtly Ambrose (Credits – Getty)

Curtly Ambrose Could Work With England’s Budding Fast Bowlers

If appointed for the job, the Caribbean great will be overseeing the development of budding speedsters emerging through the England ranks.

Ambrose will be required to work with England international and ‘A’ team squads as per the report.

The 57-year-old previously had a coaching stint with West Indies and was part of the support staff when Calypso Kings won the 2016 T20 World Cup in India.

Great Record In Australia May Work in Ambrose’s Favour

Curtly Ambrose Applies For Post of Fast Bowling Coach With ECB
Curtly Ambrose (R). Credit: ESPNCricinfo

The elite fast-bowling coach role is one of the three new posts currently advertised by the ECB. Ambrose’s great record in Australia could push him up in the reckoning as England team travels down under for an Ashes series later in the year.

In 14 away Tests against Australia, Ambrose took 78 wickets at a fantastic average of 19.79, including six five-wicket hauls. He was just as lethal in the ODIs down under and bagged 69 scalps in 47 games while delivering his overs at an economy rate of just 3.27.

Overall, Ambrose took 405 Tests and 225 ODI wickets in his illustrious 12-year career from 1988 to 2000. His Test scalps came at an astonishing average of 20.99. The paceman was equally brilliant in a varying set of conditions.

Before departing for Australia, the England team are due to tour Sri Lanka, India and host the Indians for a return series during their home summer. The trips to Asian subcontinent are part of England’s campaign in the ongoing World Test Championship cycle.

The two-match series against Sri Lanka begins with the first Test from January 14 followed by the next game from January 22. Both the Tests will be played in Galle.

The four-Test tour of India kickstarts on February 5 in Chennai, which will host the first two games of the series before teams shift to Ahmedabad for the last two fixtures. The first game in Ahmedabad will be a D/N Test which will make it a historic first pink-ball encounter between India and England.