Michael Holding... The Rolls Royce of Fast Bowling

Michael Holding was the Rolls Royce of fast bowlers made his Test debut for the West Indies as an untried, loose-limbed twenty one year old in the 1975-76 series in Australia. Standing 6ft 4 1/2in tall, Holding was all grace and showed unmistakable quality, class and speed off a long rhythmic run to the wicket. In this same series with the introduction of the speed gun technology, Michael Holding still only twenty one was a shade faster than the Australian  Jeff Thomson. Holdings fastest ball was clock at 97 mph, 

Nickname "Whispering Death" because of his quiet approach to the bowling crease, Holding's bowling was smooth and very quick, and he used his height and rhythm  to generate large amounts of bounce and zip off the pitch. Holding was part of the fearsome West Indian pace attack which dominated world cricket in the 1970's and eighties, along with the likes of Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Sylvester Clarke, Colin Croft and the late Malcolm Marshall. 

During the 1976  tour of England Holding's demonstrated his class, he was fast , hostile and accurate in the final Test match at the Oval on a slow parch pitch. His excelent fast bowling earned him figures of eight for 92 in the first innings, he then return in the second innings to claim another six wicketsdismissing England for 203 to give West Indies victory by 231 runs. This performance earn him the best bowling figures by a West Indian with match figures of 14 for 149 

Easily one of the great fast bowlers of all time, Michael Holdings over to  Boycott during the third Test match at Kensington Oval against England in 1981, has gone down in history as the finest, fastest, most ferocious over of all time. Holding's first ball rapped Boycott on the gloves and dropped just short of the slips. Each succeeding ball after that was quicker than the previous one. The second beat Boycott outside the off stump, and the third cut back and struck him on the inside of his right thigh. The fourth and fifth both hurried Boycott, but he just about managed to keep them out and the final ball was pitched up and sent his off stump cartwheeling almost 20 yards as he desperately and belatedly brought his bat down. 

Michael Holding retired from international cricket at the age of 33, after the Wellington Test match of the New Zealand series in, 1987, having taken 249 Test wickets with an average of 23.68.  After retiring from Test cricket Holding started a career as a cricket commentator for sky sports. 

Michael Holding Test Cricket Statistics

Full Name Michael Anthony Holding

Number of Test

Number of ODIs 102

Test Run Aggregate

ODI Run Aggregate 282

Test Batting Average

ODI Batting Average 9.09

Total Test Wickets

Total ODI Wickets 152

Test Bowling Average

ODI Bowling Average 21.36

Test Centuries

ODI Centuries 0

Date of Birth

February 16, 1954, Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica

Test Debut

Australia v West Indies at Brisbane - Nov 28-Dec 2, 1975

Last Test Match

New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington - Feb 20-24, 1987       

ODI Debut

England v West Indies at Scarborough - Aug 26, 1976 
Last ODI Match England v West Indies at Melbourne - Jan 30, 1987 

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right-arm fast

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England vs West indies 1976 5th Test: West Indies won the Fifth Test Match at the Oval as Viv Richards scored 291 runs and Michael Holding created a record by taking 14 for 149 in the match. 180 mins.

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