List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Curtly Ambrose

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A head and shoulder shoot of Curtly Ambrose
Curtly Ambrose has taken the most five-wicket hauls for the West Indies.[1]

Curtly Ambrose, a former West Indian cricketer, took 26 five-wicket hauls at international level.[2][3] In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer"[4]) refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[5] and only 41 bowlers have taken 15 or more five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers.[3] Ambrose played 98 Tests and 176 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and took 405 and 225 wickets respectively.[2] A right-arm fast bowler who represented the West Indies from 1988 to 2000, he took 22 five-wicket hauls in Tests and 4 in ODIs.[6][7] The cricket almanack Wisden noted his "smooth, leggy run-up, fast arm action and accuracy", apart from "lethal yorker[s]" and "nasty bouncer[s]", and named him one of their Cricketers of the Year in 1992.[8] Upon his induction into the International Cricket Council Cricket Hall of Fame in September 2011, ESPNcricinfo described Ambrose as "one of the finest bowlers of all time",[9][10] and as of 2013 he is tenth overall among all-time combined five-wicket haul takers.[3]

Ambrose made his Test debut in 1988 against Pakistan at the Bourda, Georgetown, a match the West Indies lost by 9 wickets.[11] His first five-wicket haul came eight months later against Australia at the WACA Ground, Perth; West Indies won the match by 169 runs.[12] His career-best bowling figures for an innings were 8 wickets for 45 runs against England at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, in April 1990 where his match-winning performance earned him a man of the match award.[13][14] Ambrose took his solitary pair of five-wicket hauls in a Test match—5 wickets for 60 runs and 6 wickets for 24 runs—against the same opponents at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, in March 1994, his best bowling performance in a Test match.[2][15] Ambrose achieved his 22 five-wicket hauls at 12 different grounds, including 11 at 9 different venues outside the West Indies.[13][16] He was most successful against Australia and England taking eight five-wicket hauls each.[13] He took ten or more wickets in a match on three occasions.[17]

Ambrose made his ODI debut against Pakistan at the Sabina Park, Kingston, in March 1988.[18] His first five-wicket haul in this format came later that year against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where he took 5 wickets for 17 runs in the match, his best performance in ODI matches.[19] Ambrose took three of his four one-day five-wicket hauls against Australia and one against Pakistan.[19] As of 2013, he is joint tenth—with Dale Steyn—overall among all-time combined five-wicket haul takers.[3]

Key[edit]

Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
The Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, where Ambrose took six Test five-wicket hauls, the most by any player at the ground.[20]
Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Result The result for the West Indies team in that match
* One of two five-wicket hauls by Ambrose in a match
dagger Ambrose selected as "Man of the match"
double-dagger 10 wickets or more taken in the match
Drawn The match was drawn

Tests[edit]

Five-wicket hauls in Test cricket by Curtly Ambrose
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 2 December 1988 WACA Ground, Perth  Australia 2 23.3 72 5 3.06 Won[12]
2 5 April 1990daggerdouble-dagger Kensington Oval, Bridgetown  England 4 22.4 45 8 1.98 Won[14]
3 6 December 1990 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  Pakistan 2 20 35 5 1.75 Drawn[21]
4 6 June 1991 Headingley, Leeds  England 3 28 52 6 1.85 Lost[22]
5 4 July 1991dagger Trent Bridge, Nottingham  England 1 34 74 5 2.17 Won[23]
6 18 April 1992dagger[n 1] Kensington Oval, Bridgetown  South Africa 4 24.4 34 6 1.37 Won[24]
7 27 November 1992 The Gabba, Brisbane  Australia 3 32 66 5 2.06 Drawn[25]
8 23 January 1993daggerdouble-dagger Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  Australia 2 28.2 74 6 2.61 Won[26]
9 30 January 1993dagger WACA Ground, Perth  Australia 1 18 25 7 1.38 Won[27]
10 25 March 1994*daggerdouble-dagger Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  England 2 29 60 5 2.06 Won[15]
11 25 March 1994*daggerdouble-dagger Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  England 4 10 24 6 2.40 Won[15]
12 21 April 1995dagger Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  Australia 1 16 45 5 2.81 Won[28]
13 24 August 1995 The Oval, London  England 1 42 96 5 2.28 Drawn[29]
14 27 April 1996 Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's  New Zealand 2 32 68 5 2.12 Drawn[30]
15 26 December 1996dagger Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  Australia 1 24.5 55 5 2.21 Won[31]
16 1 February 1997dagger WACA Ground, Perth  Australia 1 18 43 5 2.38 Won[32]
17 14 March 1997 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  India 2 41.4 87 5 2.08 Drawn[33]
18 13 June 1997dagger Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's  Sri Lanka 1 13.1 37 5 2.81 Won[34]
19 5 February 1998dagger Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  England 3 19.5 52 5 2.62 Won[35]
20 13 February 1998 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  England 2 15.4 25 5 1.59 Lost[36]
21 10 December 1998 St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth  South Africa 3 19 51 6 2.68 Lost[37]
22 3 April 1999 Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's  Australia 1 29.5 94 5 3.15 Won[38]

One Day Internationals[edit]

Five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket by Curtly Ambrose
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 15 December 1988dagger Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  Australia 2 8.2 17 5 2.04 Won[39]
2 14 January 1989 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  Australia 1 10 26 5 2.60 Lost[40]
3 21 October 1991dagger Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
(neutral venue)
 Pakistan 1 10 53 5 5.30 Lost[41]
4 16 January 1993dagger Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney  Australia 2 9.3 32 5 3.36 Won[42]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The man of the match award was shared between Ambrose and Hudson.

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