Maurice Holmes

Country: England
Born: May 19, 1990, Tenterden, Kent
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak

Maurice Holmes Bio

Maurice Gibson Holmes, an English cricket player, rose to prominence with his unique bowling action reminiscent of legendary Muttiah Muralitharan. Born on January 3, 1990, Holmes made his mark in the cricketing world at a young age, although his career was marred by struggles with his bowling technique.

At just 19 years old, Holmes caught the attention of international teams preparing for the 2009 World Twenty20. Eager to face a spinner like Muralitharan, the New Zealand team employed Holmes as a net bowler during their training sessions at The Oval. Impressed by his talent, New Zealand decided to take him along for their tour of Sri Lanka that same year, marking his first taste of international exposure.

However, even then, concerns about Holmes’ bowling action began to surface. He had been reported during a second XI cricket match for Kent, and subsequent tests at Loughborough revealed that his action exceeded the allowable 15-degree tolerance limit set by the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules. Undeterred, Holmes worked diligently to rectify his technique and was retested before the start of the 2010 season. Fortunately, he received clearance to continue bowling.

Despite his clearance, Holmes found opportunities limited at Kent due to the presence of James Tredwell. Seeking more playing time, he made the decision to join Warwickshire ahead of the 2011 season. Making his first-class debut for Loughborough MCCU and his Championship debut for Warwickshire in May, Holmes seemed poised for progress. Unfortunately, he faced another setback when he was once again reported for a suspect action not once, but twice. After subsequent testing cleared him of any wrongdoing, suspicions arose that he had altered his action before the tests. In the retests that followed, Holmes was found to exceed the permissible 15-degree bend when delivering his doosra. As a result, he was warned against using the delivery and eventually released by Warwickshire.

What makes Holmes’ cricketing journey unique is his late entry into the sport. He didn’t start bowling until the age of 15, and perhaps due to this late start, he claims to have been completely unaware of Muralitharan’s legacy when he was learning the art of bowling.

In 2012, Holmes decided to temporarily adjourn his cricketing career to pursue a degree in law. This shift in focus reflects his determination to succeed beyond the realm of cricket. While his time on the cricket field has been met with obstacles, Holmes’s talent and perseverance have not gone unnoticed. His unique bowling action, inspired by Muttiah Muralitharan, showcases his ability to innovate in the sport.

As Holmes continues his academic pursuits and explores other avenues of life, the cricketing world eagerly awaits his potential return. With a skill set reminiscent of one of the greatest spinners in cricket history and a resilient spirit driving him forward, Maurice Gibson Holmes has the potential to make an indelible mark on the world of cricket.

Maurice Holmes Career Stats

Maurice Holmes Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 4 6 3 7 4* 2.33 79 8.86 0 0 1 0 1 0
List A 3 2 0 5 5 2.5 5 100 0 0 1 0 2 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Maurice Holmes Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 4 7 471 301 7 3/46 3/46 43 3.83 67.2 0 0 0
List A 3 3 132 119 2 2/47 2/47 59.5 5.4 66 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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