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Courtney Walsh & Curtly Ambrose

In the final edition of Fever-Tree introduces Perfect Pairings series, the focus in on West Indies duo Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose. 

Achieving a total of 924 Test wickets together, the pair dominated the Windies bowling attack throughout the ‘90s, tormenting many batsmen who they faced. 

Walsh was the first one out of the two to burst onto the scene, making his Test debut in November 1984, aged 22, against Australia. In that match in Perth, he took two wickets for 43 runs, signalling the start of a glittering career.

By the end of his last Test match in April 2001 vs South Africa, Walsh had accumulated 519 Test wickets for West Indies, which is currently the fifth-highest total in Test cricket.

Meanwhile, his long-time bowling partner, Ambrose, made his Test debut in April 1988 verses Pakistan, having already made a One-Day-International appearance for West Indies against the same opposition a month earlier.

The 6ft 7in seamer’s inclusion within the Windies’ squad was as a result of the retirement of Joel Garner and Ambrose was quick to make an impact, taking his first Test wicket on debut, bowling Mudassar Nazar for 29.

 404 wickets later and Ambrose decided to retire, ending a 12-year international career where in 98 Test matches, he took 405 Test wickets at an average of 20.99.

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