Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose is a former cricketer from Antigua who played 98 Test matches for the West Indies. Ambrose came to cricket at a relatively late age, having preferred basketball in his youth, but quickly made an impression as a fast bowler. Progressing through regional and national teams, he was first chosen for the West Indies in 1988. He was almost immediately successful and remained in the team until his retirement in 2000. On many occasions, his bowling profile was responsible for the West Indies winning matches which seemed lost. Against Australia in 1993, he took seven wickets while conceding a single run; in 1994 he was largely responsible for bowling England out for 46 runs, taking six for 24. He was particularly successful against leading batsmen and when the team depended on him.
A fast bowler, he took 405 Test wickets at an average of 20.99 and topped the ICC Player Rankings for much of his career to be rated the best bowler in the world. His great height was an added advantage. It allowed him to make the ball bounce unusually high after he delivered it, making him a difficult bowler for batsmen to face. He was chosen as one of theWisden Cricketers of the Year in 1992; after he retired he was entered into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame.