Ambrose - I'm the answer

Warwickshire 'keeper feels ready for international cricket

Last Updated: 25/01/08 11:00am

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Ambrose: England's latest wicketkeeper

Ambrose: England's latest wicketkeeper

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Tim Ambrose believes he can provide the solution to England's problem wicketkeeping position.

"If I get the chance then hopefully I can help England win matches."
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The uncapped Warwickshire gloveman has been included for both the one-day and Test legs of the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

The selectors chose to drop Ambrose's former Sussex team-mate Matt Prior from both teams following a disappointing performance in Sri Lanka prior to Christmas.

And Australian-born Ambrose says he is ready for international cricket following two successful summers with Warwickshire since switching from Sussex.

"I'm a wicketkeeper-batsman as everyone knows and it's my job now to step up and try and fill that spot as well as I can and that's what I'll be aiming to do," said Ambrose, who left Sussex after falling behind Prior in the pecking order.

"There's competition for places and I think that's healthy.

"It's always good to have someone behind pushing you on and making sure you're doing everything right and doing the best you can - if I get the chance then hopefully I can help England win matches."

Healthy competition

On the dropping of Prior, he added: "Matt and I have always had a healthy competition.

"I wouldn't call it a rivalry as such because he's a good friend of mine, so I feel for him and I'm sure he'll be very disappointed at the moment."

England have picked two wicketkeepers for both parts of the visit to New Zealand - Ambrose and Durham's Phil Mustard.

Mustard is likely to be given first opportunity during the two Twenty20 internationals and five one-day internationals that form the first section of the tour.

But Ambrose is the favourite to play in the three Tests that follow and, if that is the case, he insists his Australian upbringing does not prevent him being fully committed to the England cause.

He was born and raised in New South Wales before deciding to move to England at the age of 17 to pursue a career in county cricket.

"I've lived here all my adult life and this is my home now," he added.

"All my friends are here and I haven't even visited Australia for quite a few years so I'll be very pleased and proud to have this opportunity to represent my country."

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