Curtly Ambrose has opened up on the day he threatened to knock out Steve Waugh over a sledge from the Aussie skipper.
The West Indian legend had to be held back by teammate Richie Richardson during a furious mid-pitch altercation with Waugh during a Test match in Trinidad in 1995.
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Ambrose was furious about something that Waugh said to him while facing a frightening barrage of short-pitched bowling.
And 25 years later, Ambrose has opened up about the ugly scenes in a chat on the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast.
“Steve Waugh and I had our battles over the years. He was a tough competitor and I have a lot of respect for him but in that particular game he said something to me that I didn’t like,” Ambrose said.
“Initially I ignored it, as in the heat of the battle you can say things, but after a break something just snapped.
“I asked him, ‘did you say so and so to me?’ He didn’t say yes, he didn’t say no. He just said ‘I can say anything I want to say’ which to me was a yes.
“I decided I deserved more respect so I had a few choice words for him.
“I said ‘my cricket career could be over right this minute, it doesn’t make a difference to me, but your career will be over, too, because I’ll knock you out and you won’t be able to play any more’.
“There were a few expletives in between obviously!
“I was upset as I deserved more respect - but it started and ended there. I have seen him a few times since and we have never spoken about it.”
How Ambrose learned to be aggressive
Ambrose was never one to engage in sledging on the field, but that didn’t stop him from being aggressive.
He says he learned how to intimidate batsmen from fellow Windies great Andy Roberts.
“Andy has a wealth of knowledge, he knows about and understands fast bowling,” Ambrose said.
“One of the things he mentioned to me was to always be aggressive, to always get under the skin of batsmen. That stuck in my mind coming from a great man like him.
“I don’t think you can teach a bowler to be aggressive - it has to be something within you.
“You can try but if a bowler doesn’t have it inside of him, it probably won’t work.
“For me it worked because I am naturally aggressive while I am competing. It naturally flowed for me.
“We never believed in sledging or saying things to the batsmen because we had this philosophy that if you are good enough at what you do, you let the five and a half ounces [the cricket ball] do the talking for you.
“If you keep sledging, you probably aren’t any good. That wasn’t the West Indian way. Five and half ounces coming at you at 90mph is more than enough!”