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Curtly Ambrose (Former West Indies cricketer) Autobiography, Wife, Weight, Height, Age, Records and More

Curtly Ambrose
(Former West Indies Cricketer)

Standing at a towering 6ft 7inches, Curtly Ambrose is one of the most lethal fast bowler in the history of cricket. A giant of the game in every sense, Ambrose was not the best swing bowlers but pin-point accurate. Ambrose used his height to trouble the batsmen with rise deliveries and bowling bouncers.

Curtly Ambrose
Nickname: Big Bird
Profession: Former West Indies Cricketer, Cricket Coach
Role: Right-arm fast bowler
Autobiography: Time to Talk

Biopic: NA
Physical Appearance
Height (approx.): 6'7”
Weight (approx.): NA
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Personal Life
Date of Birth: 21 September 1963
Age (as on 2018): 54 years
Birth Place: Swetes, Antigua and Barbuda
Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Libra
Nationality: Antiguan
School: NA
College: NA
Educational Qualifications: NA

Social Media
Facebook page: @
Twitter: @
Instagram: @

Father: NA
Mother: Millie Ambrose
Sister: NA
Brother: NA
Coach/Mentor: NA
Religion: NA
Address: NA

Cricket Career
International Debut:
Test: 2 April 1988 vs Pakistan
ODI: 12 March 1988 vs Pakistan
T20: NA
Jersey Number: NA
Major Teams: West Indies, Leeward Islands,Northamptonshire, UWI Vice Chancellor's Celebrity XI,West Indies Masters
Nature on field: Aggressive fast bowler
Likes to play against: NA
Favourite Shot/Ball: NA

Career Turning Point

  • NA


  • Best bowling average (20.99) among the bowlers with 400+ Test wickets.
  • Ambrose registered one of the best bowling figures in Test cricket (7 for 1) against Australia in 1993.

Hobbies: Playing guitar, Playing basketball and football
Favourite Cricketers: Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram, Ricky Ponting, David Gower, Javed Miandad, Graham Gooch, Jacques Kallis
Favourite Cricket Ground:
Favourite sports Commentator: NA
Favourite Food: Steamed fish, Chocolate
Favourite Actors: John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson
Favourite Films: Chinese karate movies
Favourite Musicians/Singers: Katy Perry, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh
Favourite Destination: NA
Smoking/Alcohol: NA

Style Quotient
Cars Collection: NA

Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
Marital Status: Married
Affairs/Girlfriends: NA
Wife: Bridgette Benjamin

Marriage Year: 2001
Children: NA

Net Worth: NA
Retainer Fee: NA
Test Fee: NA
T20 Fee: NA
IPL 11: NA

Awards and recognitions

  • Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1992
  • ICC Hall of Fame (inducted in 2011)
  • Knighted in 2014


  • Ambrose had an confrontation with Steve Waugh in 1995. He told the Aussie, “Man, I will knock you out – here and now. I don’t care if I have no career left.” West Indies captain Richie Richardson calmed things between the two. The West Indies pace bowler later revealed in his autobiography, “I did want to get physical. I was going to beat him, I was that mad…beating him would have given me some satisfaction.”

Lesser Known Facts

  • In his early years, Ambrose was pretty much into Basketball. His mother advised him to say no to a lucrative basketball deal in USA and pursue a career in cricket.
  • Post-retirement, Ambrose made a career in music as the bass guitarist. He has a reggae band called Spirited. He took up playing guitar on insistence of his teammate (and later captain) Richie Richardson.

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