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1993 First Final of World Series: When a Wristband Stands between Dean Jones & Curtly Ambrose

The story of Dean Jone’s biggest mistake of waking a sleeping Giant in the mode of Curtly Ambrose in the First Final of 1993 World Series.

It’s not a wise job ever to throw a stone at a slepping Tiger or a Lion; no one wants to wake him up in his beast mode. In most the cases, those animals feel a bit feistier with an extra yard coming at you in a dangerous manner. It’s not quite an unknown data but it’s supposed to be one of the vital lessons for life.

Dean Jones Attempt a life-mistake act:

One shouldn’t ever even think of disturbing those characters and Australian batter Dean Jones had grabbed that prize less lesson 29-years ago in the first final of the World Series.

Somehow his wisdom had been erased, it appeared, when he dared to get under the skin of opponent bowler, Curtly Ambrose; he along with his team ended up with a costly pay for it.

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West Indies could pile up only 239:

Winning the toss, the Caribbean captain, Richie Richardson opted to bat first in the first final of the 1992-93 World Series, famously known as Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. Young Brain Lara and experienced Desmond Haynes took themselves off to a flier with 90-opening partnership before Greg Mathews sent the later back.

The Aussie spin duo of Mathews and Allan Border restricted the hard hitting for few moments before Carl Hooper & Gus Logie counterattack got the West Indies back in the track to take the score over 200. Lastly, Steve Waugh with an economical figure 0f 2-45 reduced the run flow.

Finally, the West Indian side stopped on 239 for the loss of 8-wickets; probably they were required to have a solid start with the ball in hand.

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Australia Began the Run-chase:

On a good looking SCG track with some lightning-fast outfield; thanks to some sloppy fielding, Australia built up a patient opening partnership of 41 before being strucked at one point.

Curtly Ambrose, the premier West Indian pacer didn’t look to be in his best form as Richardson after giving the first over to Ian Bishop threw the ball to Phil Simmons from the other end. After a pleasant beginning, Australia lost David Boon who edged to keeper Junior Murray in an aim to cut Ambrose.

It made way of Dean Jones on the 22-yard against a fired-up Ambrose.

The mistake Jones never forgets:

Quite surprisingly, Jones after taking the guard and even before facing the first delivery strolled to umpire Terry Prue and after having a little conversation convinced him to ask Curtly Ambrose to take his wristband off. The greatest commentator of the game, Richie Benaud on air, painted out the image. “Umpire Prue has a difficult task here: he has to convince Curtly Ambrose, who is six-foot-eight to take off the sweat band on his right wrist.”

Long years after the incident, Jones had tried his level best to defend his foolish action; he explained that because Ambrose employed red bands in Tests and white ones in ODIs, it felt too tough to judge the wrists of the bowlers when they run up to bowl. Well, a huge conference began to kick off in the middle as umpire, Ambrose, skipper Richardson all tried to realize the reason behind Jone’s request.

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Waking up a Sleeping Lion:

“I found it to be a very strange request.” Ambrose later on recollected the incident and admitted how shock he was with the claiming. “What’s the big deal…what’s the reason because it’s what I have put on and have been doing it all my career.”

And after the discussion ends, the cameras found the mighty Antiguan to leave the wrist band for the sake of the game. “I was really upset to him (Dean Jones) and I told myself I’m gonna make it damn hard for him.” Ambrose figured out his next plan against the right-hander but not in the sense of hurting him. “I’m going to really rough him up; he must be as uncomfortable as possible.”

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“And he thought that Dino just wanted to get to him.” Captain Richardson too easily realized the next few balls.

The Post-incident of Tearing up the whole Australian:

It seemed or rather it happened, that Dean Jone found himself batting hard and getting sledged by 11-West Indian and an Australian on the crease i.e., Mark Taylor, who was having all the fears to stay alive.

The lens observed big Ambrose tossing the ball like a shooting star in his right hand; and he was about to charge in with the quickest delivery. That first delivery after resumption reached to the gloves of the keeper in the blink of an eye. Well, people do make mistakes but in that order? Hooooohhhh!!!!

Ambrose with every delivery grew faster and provided all in the tank to prove that act devasting in the Australian camp. Poor Mark Taylor in between that got one pitched up leg-stump delivery to which he swung his willow only to find the point fielder, Phil Simmons.

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Ambrose picked up a 5-fer to pack up Australia easily:

Even though Dean Jones escaped from getting a send-off from Ambrose as he was dismissed by Kenny Benjamin. Mark Waugh and Ian Healy for few moments looked to save the game for the Kangaroos but Richardson cunningly brought back Ambrose for the final bust. Meanwhile the West Indian captain also ran out M Waugh for 51.

He had got Tony Dodemaide straight-away. The funnier scene and enjoying for Ambrose himself perhaps were to see Healy trying to swing his bat hard but got undone by a slower ball which hit his timber. Finally, Ambrose finished with a magnificent figure of 5-32 by sending back Craig McDermott to close the game.

The Caribbean side went on to win the second final too at MCG to clinch the trophy as again Ambrose went through the Aussie lineup returning with figures of 10-0-26-3.

The whole Australian side would never perhaps forgive Dean Jones for that nonsense mistake.

Brief Scores:

West Indies: 239/8 (50) (Brain Lara 67, C Hooper 45, C Mathews 2-45) beat Australia: 214 (49.3) (M Waugh 51, I Healy 33, C Ambrose 5-32) by 25-runs.

Man of the Match and the Finals: Curtly Ambrose (19.3-2-58-8).

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