Sir Curtly Ambrose is one of the most famous cricket players of all time.
He is also notorious for his silence.
Now, for the first time, Curtly will tell his story.
One of the leading - and most lethal - fast bowlers of all time, Curtly Ambrose played 98 Tests and 176 One Day Internationals for the West Indies, and for much of his career topped the ICC player rankings. He was an integral part of the iconic West Indies teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s whilst also bearing witness to their decline throughout the 1990s and beyond. A formidable sportsman, Curtly has unique insight into the extreme highs and debilitating lows of international cricket.
But during his career Curtly Ambrose was notorious for his silence. He rarely spoke to the media and, if he did, it was usually to rebuff an interview, which earned him the infamous reputation of 'Curtly talks to no one!'.
In this, his autobiography, Curtly will tell the story of his life with the West Indies team for the very first time. From his colourful upbringing in Antigua, through to the turbulent politics of both nation and dressing room, the book takes you behind the scenes to give a fascinating insight into the career of an iconic sportsman.
With his customary honesty, Curtly will discuss his relationship with both the game and his teammates and competitors, and will talk in depth about key moments in his career, including his extraordinary spell against Australia in 1992, taking 7-1. From the culture of West Indian cricket to experiencing post-Apartheid cricket in South Africa, as well as touching on his relationship with cricket mogul and notorious financier Allen Stanford, the book will speak to fans of works such as C.L.R. James' Beyond a Boundary, as well as fans of cricket and sports biography.
It also includes forewords from legendary cricket commentatory Richie Benaud and Steve Waugh.
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About the Author
SIR CURTLY AMBROSEis one of the most impressive cricket players in history. During his career he played 98 Tests and 176 One Day Internationals for the West Indies and for much of that time he topped the ICC player rankings. Since his retirement he has turned to coaching and playing bass guitar in a reggae band.
RICHARD SYDENHAMis a journalist, author and sports agent. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Sunday Telegraphand Sunday Express, and his writing has also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian, the New York Timesand the International Herald Tribune.
Table of Contents
Foreword Richie Benaud 1
Foreword Steve Waugh 3
Time to Go 6
The Early Years 14
A Reluctant Cricketer 29
Inside the Greatest Cricket Team 40
Hello, England 51
Australia, I'm Coming for You 58
The King of Kensington 65
Beamers, Aggro and County Cricket 83
The Beginning of the End? 97
The Greatest Spell of All Time 108
It Was Caddick's Fault! 122
'Curtly talks to no man!' 133
Waugh and Abdication 139
Trouble in the Ranks 153
World Cup Chaos 164
Lara vs Tendulkar 180
Atherton's England Humbled 187
The South Africa Debacle 197
Bouncing Back 211
Sir Curtly: The Afterlife 231
Music and Me 247
The Greats According to Me 266
Statistical Overview 271