West Indies legend Sir Curtly Ambrose recalled the time when he received right into a heated argument with former Australia captain Steve Waugh throughout a Test match in Trinidad in 1995. Ambrose, who picked up 405 wickets in 98 Tests, was recognized for his quiet manner on the pitch. But a number of phrases from Waugh riled him up within the third Test towards Australia in 1995, and he threatened to ‘knock out’ the batsman.
Speaking on Sky Sports Cricket Podcast with former West Indies fast Ian Bishop, Ambrose mentioned: “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.”
“Initially I ignored it, as in the heat of the battle you can say things, but after a break something just snapped,” he additional mentioned.
The incident occurred through the first day of the third Test at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad again in 1995. Ambrose had to be bodily restrained by his captain Richie Richardson after tempers flared.
“I requested him, ‘did you say so and so to me?’ He didn’t say sure, he didn’t say no. He simply mentioned ‘I can say anything I want to say’ which to me was a sure. I made a decision I deserved extra respect so I had a number of alternative phrases for him.
“I mentioned ‘my cricket career could be over right this minute, it doesn’t make a distinction to me, however your career will be over, too, as a result of I’ll knock you out and also you gained’t be ready to play anymore’. There have been a number of expletives in between clearly,” Ambrose added.
The bowling legend added that he met Waugh a number of occasions after the incident, however the two by no means talked about it. “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,” he mentioned.