Former Windies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose who used to torment top notch batsmen during his heydays has shown his interest in joining the English camp as the position is all set to go vacant once the current bowling coach Ottis Gibson departs.
It is learned that Gibson is expected to replace Russell Domingo as South Africa’s head coach with the announcement to be made later in the week.
Gibson is expected to begin his coaching role with the Proteas only after the end of the 3rd and the final Test against the Windies which is scheduled to start from September 5. Despite the 48-year-old Gibson being contracted with the England and the Wales Cricket Board (ECB) until the end of 218, it is learned that both the English and the Proteas camp have agreed to a compensation package which allows him to leave early.
Gibson’s expected appointment with South Africa also rules him out from the England camp that will take on the Windies in the limited overs series comprising of five ODI’s and a solitary T20I which is scheduled to start before the end of September. With Gibson not in the scheme of things anymore, England might look to appoint an interim bowling coach at least for the limited overs series against the Windies before a full-time decision is taken.
Meanwhile, Ambrose was undoubtedly one of the greatest fast bowlers of his generation and along with Courtney Walsh, the duo was lethal up front and had the ability to bowl those toe crushing deadly Yorkers on a consistent basis. Ambrose who bagged a total of 405 wickets in 98 Tests was keen to share his knowledge with the English set up.
“If an opportunity came from England, I would certainly take it because I think I have something to offer? Ambrose was quoted as saying by Sport 24. “I would be very interested in returning to international cricket,? he added.
It still remains a surprise that why Ambrose was removed from the coaching role of the Windies team especially after they won the ICC World Twenty20 in India last year.