Tim Ambrose

Country: England
Born: December 01, 1982, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5ft 7in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Tim Ambrose Bio

Timothy Raymond Ambrose, also known as Tim Ambrose, is a former cricket player who hails from England. Despite achieving success at various stages of his career, he often found himself overlooked and underappreciated by the national selectors. However, Ambrose’s skills as a wicketkeeper and batsman were highly commendable, and his premature departure from international cricket left many wondering what could have been.

Born in Australia, Ambrose moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 17 with the aid of his British passport obtained through his mother. In 2000, he signed with Sussex and quickly showcased his natural talent as both a keeper and a batsman. Making his debut in first-class cricket the following year, Ambrose quickly established himself as the preferred choice behind the stumps, displacing his teammate Matt Prior. By 2003, Ambrose’s excellent performances contributed to Sussex winning their first-ever Championship title, as he also surpassed 900 runs with an average exceeding 40.

Although Ambrose and Prior often battled for the wicketkeeper spot for Sussex and even for the national team, Prior consistently managed to regain his position. Frustrated by this repetitive pattern, Ambrose decided to leave Sussex at the end of 2005 and embarked on a new beginning with Warwickshire, a decision that would prove pivotal to his career. Shortly after joining Warwickshire, Ambrose scored a century in only his second game for the club and started the 2007 season with an outstanding unbeaten 251 against Worcestershire, immediately catching the attention of the England selectors.

Ambrose made his Test debut against New Zealand, impressing with a half-century in his debut match and following it up with a hundred at Wellington in the second Test, which shifted the momentum in England’s favor. Unfortunately, he struggled to maintain that level of performance, and by the time England toured India, he found himself as Prior’s backup once again. However, Ambrose was handed another opportunity during a Test match in Barbados, as Prior had to fly back home for the birth of his child. In that match, Ambrose showcased his prowess with an unbeaten score of 76 and displayed his excellent keeping skills.

Unfortunately, Ambrose’s form dipped in 2010, and he battled an episode of depression that affected his performance. With his contract at Warwickshire ending, Ambrose believed his cricket career was over and cleared out his locker at Edgbaston. However, Warwickshire displayed patience and offered support during his difficult time. Thanks to the assistance of a psychologist, Ambrose regained his confidence and played a significant role in Warwickshire’s Championship triumph in 2012. Despite encountering hip problems, Ambrose maintained his form for the following three seasons and was part of Birmingham’s NatWest T20 Blast success in 2014.

Tim Ambrose’s career may have been marred by unfulfilled potential, but his skill as a wicketkeeper-batsman cannot be undermined. Perhaps the selectors missed out on his best years, but fans of the sport remember his contributions and his ability to perform under pressure. Ambrose’s strength and determination to overcome personal struggles demonstrate his resilience, leaving a lasting impression on those who followed his career. As he starts the next chapter of his life, his journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers worldwide.

Tim Ambrose Career Stats

Tim Ambrose Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 11 16 1 447 102 29.8 963 46.41 1 3 55 4 31 0
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 1
ODIs 5 5 1 10 6 2.5 34 29.41 0 0 0 0 3 0
FC 251 383 34 11349 251* 32.51 22065 51.43 18 65 - - 678 43
List A 182 148 20 4145 135 32.38 5246 79.01 3 25 - - 172 34
T20s 106 66 19 1138 77 24.21 1012 112.45 0 3 95 15 66 24

Tim Ambrose Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 11 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 251 - 17 1 1 1/0 1/0 1 0.35 17 0 0 0
List A 182 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s 106 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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