We welcome Warwickshire’s most talented and exciting wicket-keeper batsman Tim Ambrose. In the last of his 11 Tests, in Barbados in early 2009, Ambrose made an unbeaten 76 and kept tidily enough in tricky conditions as West Indies batted for the best part of 200 overs.
Sent back to county cricket and ordered to score more runs, he duly made a century for England Lions against the touring West Indies and another against Hampshire in the Championship.
Born in Australia, Ambrose moved to the UK as a 17-year-old in 2000. He soon signed for Sussex and, as naturally gifted keeper and batsman, he made his first-class debut the following year and, by 2003, the year Sussex won the first Championship title in their history, he had gained the lion’s share of the keeping duties from Matt Prior. He also scored more than 900 runs at an average in excess of 40.
Ambrose took the decision to leave Sussex at the end of 2005 and make a new start at Warwickshire. He made a century in his second first-class game for the team and started the 2007 season with a career-best 251 not out against Worcestershire. The England selectors took notice.
His Test debut came in New Zealand. After a half-century on debut, he made a century at Wellington in his second match that turned the series in England’s favour.
We all are excited and look forward to working with one of the finest first-class wicket-keeper batsmen.