Tim Ambrose Biography
Timothy Raymond Ambrose is an English wicket keeper batsman. He is a right hand lower middle order batsman and has a neat glovework behind the wickets. He was born on 1st December, 1982 in Australia.
However, with Matt Prior’s presence in the team, Tim could not make a permanent place for himself in the English side.
Ambrose moved to the UK and started county cricket at Sussex in 2000. He made domestic debut in the 2001 County Championship where Sussex lifted the Division Two title. Over the years, he has proven himself as a capable batsman with a niche to play long innings. He stitched a record fifth wicket partnership of 335 runs for Warwickshire with Jim Troughton in 2009.
Ambrose made his international debut in a Test match against New Zealand on March 2008 and scored a classy 55 in the first innings. He was out for a duck in the second innings as the England innings capsized under the scorching spells by Kyle Mills and Chris Martin.
Owing to a string of fine performances in the Test series, he made his ODI debut on June 2008 in the same tour.
Rise to Glory
Sussex benefitted from the rise of wicketkeeping talents of Ambrose and Matt Prior when they won their first County Championship in 2003. Ambrose even briefly became the first-choice keeper for the club. But Prior soon overshadowed Ambrose and he moved to Warwickshire.
Ambrose blossomed for his county and selectors rewarded his improving batting credentials with a Test debut against Kiwis. He started his Test career with a bang. A half century on debut and a quickfire century in only his third match made England believe that Timmy was ready for the long haul.
But his performances for England could not keep pace with standards set by Prior. However, in his brief international career, he played some vital innings typically expected from a No. 7. He has 3 half centuries and a century in the 11 tests he played for England.
Ambrose lost his place from the national team despite doing well in Test cricket. A majestic half century against West Indies proved to be his last innings for England.
His experience in ODI was utterly abysmal. So, he was demoted to an understudy of Prior and was soon out of reckoning from the national team.
Ambrose revealed in 2012 that he had a long battle with depression after losing his place from the national team in 2009.
Tim Ambrose moved to UK as the country of his maternal roots and pursued county cricket with Sussex. Slowly losing his spot to Matt Prior, Ambrose shifted to Warwickshire where he has spent 11 years.
Apart from injuries and minor dips in form, Ambrose has been a consistent run getter for his county.
His highest score in first class level is of 251 which he scored for Warwickshire against Worcestershire in 2007.
He scored 447 runs at an average an impressive 29.80 in 11 Tests.