A diminutive right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, Ambrose shot to prominence in 2007 when his excellent season was complemented by a career-best 251 not out against Worcestershire.
He started his career at Sussex in 2001 before moving to Warwickshire five years later.
Ambrose had proved solid, if unspectacular, prior to 2007, but that did not stop him earning an England call-up for the tour of New Zealand the following year.
A half-century on debut was followed up by Ambrose striking a hundred in his second Test, but, with his future seemingly bright, things went awry thereafter.
Despite impressing behind the stumps, he dropped out of the side for the NatWest Series against South Africa at the end of that summer having endured a difficult period in the Test rubber.
He was picked in the squad to tour India, but did not play as Matt Prior re-cemented his place as England’s premier wicketkeeper-batsman.
Ambrose did appear in one Test against West Indies in 2009 when Prior was back in England for the birth of his first child, but, even though he struck a half-century, that proved his last international appearance.
He has since failed to live up to such heights even in the domestic game.