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Once-curt Ambrose 'calling' the Proteas: Who'd have thought?

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West Indian great Curtly Ambrose (AFP)
West Indian great Curtly Ambrose (AFP)
Randy Brooks / AFP

I almost want to pat myself on the back still for my "bravery" in Barbados, back in 1992. (Either that, or make a frank confession that I need my head read.)

A day or two before the start of South Africa's unforgettable, once-off maiden Test match against West Indies at Kensington Oval, I wandered into the teams' hotel - journalists were in one a skip and jump away - and spotted the unmistakably tall, pencil-slim figure of Curtly Ambrose, quite alone and playing an arcade game, which was something a little more common in those times.

Now, I never particularly liked being disturbed during my Asteroids, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong or pinball sessions at the corner cafe, either … so there was especially no reason for the celebrated pace bowler to be enchanted by a speculative, audacious reporter's appeal for a word or two.

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