West Indies fast bowling legend Curtly Ambrose has applied to become England’s new elite pace-bowling coach, according to ESPNcricinfo’s George Dobell.
Ambrose tormented a fair few England teams during his playing days but he could now be set to work with our up-and-coming fast bowlers to prepare them for the international stage, having registered his interest in one of three roles advertised by the ECB last month.
As part of the position, he would also be expected to occasionally assist with the senior squad and take charge of A tours.
Ambrose is a true legend of the game and was one of the most feared fast bowlers of all time – not a bad person to have coaching our next in line.
He took 405 wickets in 98 Tests at an average of 20.99, which is the lowest of any bowler to claim more than 400 scalps.
Since retiring as a player, the 57-year-old has served as the West Indies bowling coach on multiple occasions, as well as coaching in both the CPL and Caribbean regional cricket.
It is understood that Jon Lewis, England’s bowling coach for the upcoming Sri Lanka series, is likely the favourite to get the role, though Ambrose’s outstanding record down under could prove the difference-maker with the 2021/22 Ashes series drawing closer.
The former West Indies quick took 78 wickets in 14 Tests in Australia at an average of 19.79 – experience that could prove very useful for England’s bowlers ahead of next winter.
He’s far from the only legend of the game to be linked with a Three Lions coaching role either as South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has been named as batting coaching consultant for the upcoming Sri Lanka series.