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Curtly Ambrose was the greatest bowler of the 1990s, without any question. He took over 400 wickets. He reduced England to a smoking ruin on countless occasions, including one classic where England were all out for 46. Yes, 46.

When Ambrose was on the pitch, all 6'8" of him, England, or any other team for that matter, were never safe . When he jumped up to bowl, arm out-stretched and then hurled it down the wicket, the ball left his hand at an estimated height of 10ft. He and his opening partner and captain Courtney Walsh toke 888 wickets between them. I can't begin to describe the terror he inspired. Consitent line and length and pace- always around 90 mph -ground down batsmen until they got out because the skill of the bowler was too great, or because something deeper, like self-preservation had taken over. When he hit the stumps, the bails went for four. Dammit, he broke the stumps. This guy's just a raging bull, he's.. untouchable.

Update 13/6/02:

Here are the full cricketing statistics for his interantional career:

                     Mat  Runs  HS   BatAv 100  50   W    BB  BowlAv 5w  Ct St

overall               98  1439  53   12.40   0   1 405  8/45   20.99 22  18  0

v Australia           27   385  53   10.69   0   1 128  7/25   21.23  8   5  0
v England             34   509  44   13.05   0   0 164  8/45   18.79  8   7  0
v India                9   179  37   22.37   0   0  15  5/87   38.26  1   2  0
v New Zealand          4    68  33   22.66   0   0  13  5/68   21.30  1   1  0
v Pakistan            14   159  30    8.83   0   0  42  5/35   27.85  1   1  0
v South Africa         5    68  19    9.71   0   0  21  6/34   18.57  2   1  0
v Sri Lanka            3    56  31   28.00   0   0  14  5/37   13.57  1   0  0
v Zimbabwe             2    15   7    5.00   0   0   8  4/42   12.50  0   1  0

in Australia          14   192  44   10.10   0   0  78  7/25   19.79  6   4  0
in England            20   284  43   12.90   0   0  88  6/52   20.77  3   3  0
in New Zealand         2    33  33   33.00   0   0   5  3/57   22.60  0   1  0
in Pakistan            5    58  30    7.25   0   0  15  5/35   25.20  1   0  0
in South Africa        4    56  19    9.33   0   0  13  6/51   23.76  1   0  0
in Sri Lanka           1     7   7*    -     0   0   3  3/14    9.00  0   0  0
in West Indies        52   809  53   13.48   0   1 203  8/45   21.19 11  10  0

in Africa              4    56  19    9.33   0   0  13  6/51   23.76  1   0  0
in Americas           52   809  53   13.48   0   1 203  8/45   21.19 11  10  0
in Asia                6    65  30    8.12   0   0  18  5/35   22.50  1   0  0
in Europe             20   284  43   12.90   0   0  88  6/52   20.77  3   3  0
in Oceania            16   225  44   11.25   0   0  83  7/25   19.96  6   5  0

home                  52   809  53   13.48   0   1 203  8/45   21.19 11  10  0
away                  46   630  44   11.25   0   0 202  7/25   20.78 11   8  0

1988 (age: 24y 102d)  11   213  44   17.75   0   0  49  5/72   23.20  1   2  0
1989 (25y 102d)        6    68  16    9.71   0   0  11  3/66   45.81  0   2  0
1990 (26y 102d)        6    68  20*   7.55   0   0  34  8/45   16.05  2   1  0
1991 (27y 102d)       10   152  53   11.69   0   1  46  6/52   22.89  2   1  0
1992 (28y 102d)        3    33   7    8.25   0   0  20  6/34   16.35  2   1  0
1993 (29y 102d)        7    55  16    9.16   0   0  33  7/25   16.09  2   2  0
1994 (30y 102d)        5    91  44   15.16   0   0  26  6/24   19.96  2   1  0
1995 (31y 102d)       11   135  33   15.00   0   0  39  5/45   22.48  2   3  0
1996 (32y 102d)        5    59  21*   8.42   0   0  20  5/55   25.75  2   0  0
1997 (33y 102d)       10   231  37   23.10   0   0  29  5/37   24.00  3   1  0
1998 (34y 102d)        9   116  31    9.66   0   0  42  6/51   16.38  3   2  0
1999 (35y 102d)        5    76  28*  10.85   0   0  20  5/94   23.60  1   0  0
2000 (36y 102d)       10   142  36*  10.14   0   0  36  4/30   17.66  0   2  0

season 1987/88         3    47  25*  11.75   0   0   7  2/64   52.14  0   0  0
season 1988            5    75  43   18.75   0   0  22  4/53   20.22  0   0  0
season 1988/89         9   159  44   14.45   0   0  31  5/72   26.80  1   4  0
season 1989/90         3    51  20*  12.75   0   0  20  8/45   15.35  1   1  0
season 1990/91         8   132  53   12.00   0   1  32  5/35   22.87  1   1  0
season 1991            5    37  17    5.28   0   0  28  6/52   20.00  2   0  0
season 1991/92         1    12   6*  12.00   0   0   8  6/34   10.12  1   1  0
season 1992/93         8    69  16    7.66   0   0  42  7/25   17.85  3   2  0
season 1993/94         6    98  44   16.33   0   0  29  6/24   18.82  2   1  0
season 1994/95         6    58  33    9.66   0   0  18  5/45   20.61  1   1  0
season 1995            5    77  23*  25.66   0   0  21  5/96   24.09  1   2  0
season 1995/96         2    35  21*  17.50   0   0   8  5/68   20.50  1   0  0
season 1996/97        11   214  37   17.83   0   0  40  5/37   22.70  4   1  0
season 1997/98         8   124  31   12.40   0   0  31  5/25   18.29  2   2  0
season 1998/99         8   109  28*   9.08   0   0  32  6/51   22.87  2   0  0
season 1999/00         5    47  22    7.83   0   0  19  4/42   16.78  0   1  0
season 2000            5    95  36*  11.87   0   0  17  4/30   18.64  0   1  0

toss won              47   677  53   11.67   0   1 176  6/24   22.30  9   9  0
toss lost             51   762  44   13.13   0   0 229  8/45   19.98 13   9  0

toss won & batted     24   306  36*   9.87   0   0  80  6/24   22.92  5   5  0
toss won & fielded    23   371  53   13.74   0   1  96  6/51   21.78  4   4  0
toss lost & sent in   18   368  44   14.15   0   0  83  8/45   17.48  5   4  0
toss lost & fielded   33   394  43   12.31   0   0 146  7/25   21.40  8   5  0

matches batting 1st   42   674  44   11.82   0   0 163  8/45   20.15 10   9  0
matches fielding 1st  56   765  53   12.96   0   1 242  7/25   21.55 12   9  0

1st team innings      98  1050  53   14.58   0   1 243  7/25   21.79 15  10  0
2nd team innings      93   389  36*   8.84   0   0 162  8/45   19.77  7   8  0

1st match innings     98   434  44   14.46   0   0 140  7/25   21.22  8   5  0
2nd match innings     97   616  53   14.66   0   1 103  6/74   22.57  7   5  0
3rd match innings     93   240  36*   8.57   0   0 104  6/51   21.80  4   5  0
4th match innings     70   149  28    9.31   0   0  58  8/45   16.13  3   3  0

no follow-on          95  1427  53   12.51   0   1 397  8/45   20.71 22  17  0
enforcing a follow-on  2    12  12*    -     0   0   5  2/42   29.20  0   1  0
in team following on   1     0   0    0.00   0   0   3  3/83   43.66  0   0  0

matches won           44   588  44   12.51   0   0 229  8/45   16.86 13  12  0
matches drawn         28   488  53   18.76   0   1  81  5/35   26.02  5   3  0
matches lost          26   363  44    8.44   0   0  95  6/51   26.63  4   3  0

won by an innings      8    76  22   25.33   0   0  37  7/25   15.21  1   2  0
won defending target  13   254  44   11.54   0   0  84  8/45   13.45  6   4  0
won chasing target    23   258  31   11.72   0   0 108  5/37   20.09  6   6  0
lost by an innings     4    53  30    8.83   0   0   6  4/42   42.83  0   0  0
lost defending targ.  12   219  44    9.95   0   0  57  6/51   24.15  3   1  0
lost chasing target   10    91  25*   6.06   0   0  32  5/25   28.00  1   2  0

5 day matches         98  1439  53   12.40   0   1 405  8/45   20.99 22  18  0

1st/Only Tests        26   364  43   13.00   0   0  94  6/34   20.80  4   4  0
2nd Tests             24   324  31   10.45   0   0  95  6/51   23.46  5   3  0
3rd Tests             20   393  53   14.55   0   1  93  6/24   18.01  7   3  0
4th Tests             15   217  44   10.85   0   0  66  8/45   20.48  3   3  0
5th Tests             11   117  28   11.70   0   0  45  7/25   23.64  2   5  0
6th Tests              2    24  19*    -     0   0  12  5/96   18.75  1   0  0

in series won         58   945  53   15.00   0   1 250  8/45   19.65 13  14  0
in series drawn       21   238  28*   9.52   0   0  92  6/52   23.04  5   2  0
in series lost        19   256  36*   9.14   0   0  63  6/51   23.28  4   2  0

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