Curtly Ambrose, in his third year of playing Test cricket for West Indies, struck his first and only half-century of his eventual 12-year career, when he milked the likes of Bruce Reid, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Merv Hughes and the seam-up deliveries of Mark Waugh to rescue his team from a precarious 110 for 7 and help post a respectable 227 at Queen’s Park Oval. The trademark shot he chose to unleash was a bottom-hand drive, leaning into it with minimal or no footwork. With the same type of attempt, he would squeeze the ball to midwicket, to point, to mid-off, or through mid-on. When he smashed one of the deliveries through mid-off, early in his innings, the commentator Richie Benaud firmly said, ‘beautifully timed, and perfectly placed’, while his co-commentator sounded a little surprised, describing the shot in a mumble, ‘a majestic sort of shot’. READ: Curtly Ambrose cites poor attitude, not lack of skill, as decline in West Indies cricket

He struck an 87-run stand with Jeff Dujon, before mistiming another of his typical drives to short midwicket off Mark Waugh. West Indies finished with a 67-run deficit, and despite a commanding batting performance from Australia in their second dig, the lack of time allowed the contest to phase out to a draw. West Indies won the Test series 2-1. READ: Curtly Ambrose bowls nine no-balls in an over, 15 in two

Ambrose couldn’t improve on that score in the years that followed, but registered a score in his 40s and one in his 30s in 1994 and 1997, with the rest of his brittle knocks ending quickly or without any partner at the other end. At Bridgetown in 1999, he scored 28, among his better scores compared to his career batting average after he had finished with his career, 12.40, but his knock of 12 in the second innings of the same game was arguably more crucial: his presence alongside Brian Lara for the ninth wicket was valuable in helping the captain complete the victory, eventually by one wicket, one of the thrilling victories against a quality team.