Jonathan Agnew wrote today: “Tim Ambrose might be one of the shortest men currently playing Test cricket, but this man can bat.”
We’d go further than that. We’d say, ‘Tim Ambrose might have attended Merewether Selective High, but he managed to hit two sixes’.
We like a good non-sequitur.
Before this Test series, we had a concern. Matt Prior had been dropped and yet another man had been handed the wicketkeeping gloves. We’d been thinking that England wicketkeepers’ lifespans largely depend on who they play against.
Chris Read and Geraint Jones were both brought back and then dropped again during one Ashes series. Matt Prior had a comfortable introduction against the West Indies, but then got progressively worse against India and then Sri Lanka. Whoever the next wicketkeeper was would surely make the position his own given two consecutive series against New Zealand. But would this give a false impression of his worth?
Now we’re thinking: who cares? At least he’s scoring some runs, unlike the six men above him in the batting order. And he’s been catching the ball.
New Zealand v England, second Test at Wellington – day one
England 291-5 (Tim Ambrose 97 not out)