Warwickshire: Tim Ambrose is awarded Bears benefit for 2016
Warwickshire's Tim Ambrose has been awarded a benefit for the 2016 season to mark his 11th summer with the Bears.
The 32-year-old Australia-born wicketkeeper/batsman has been at Edgbaston since arriving in 2006 from Sussex, where he was being kept out of the team by Matt Prior.
Ambrose has proved a big hit for the Bears, going on to win an England call himself in 2008.
"Tim thoroughly deserves this honour," said chief executive Colin Povey.
|Tim's time at Edgbaston|
|Ambrose has won honours for the Bears in all forms of the game - the CB40 (2010), the County Championship (2012) and the T20 Blast (2014).|
|After being called up by England, he played 11 Tests between March 2008 and February 2009, making a century against New Zealand at Wellington, in his second match, as well as playing in five one-dayers and one T20 international.|
|He has made 6,154 first-class runs for Warwickshire, at 34.18, including 10 centuries, taken 379 catches and claimed 23 stumpings.|
"He's been one of our senior players for some time. He's been almost ever-present for us in all formats of the game over recent seasons and has performed consistently well both behind the stumps and with the bat."
Ambrose, who signed a new two-year deal with the Bears at the end of the 2014 season, is currently in the process of agreeing a one-year extension to tie him to the county until 2017.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Edgbaston," he said. "Looking down the list of names of those who've had a benefit year in the past makes me realise just how much of a privilege it is to be afforded this honour."