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Hugely popular throughout the cricketing world, Barbados-born John Holder “has done more for race relations than Nelson Mandela,” writes his friend and biographer, Andrew Murtagh. A slight exaggeration, perhaps, but not far off the truth.
After seven occasionally brilliant years as Hampshire’s opening bowler, the former London Underground worker’s career was brought to a close by a back injury. What better way to stay in touch than to become an umpire? A first-class umpire for 27 years, he officiated in 11 Tests and 19 one-day internationals.
The book follows on from Andy’s critically acclaimed Sundial in the Shade, whose subject was another former Hampshire teammate, Barry Richards.
Test of Character shines a light on the job of an international umpire, with all its pressures, vicissitudes, controversies and prejudices – leavened of course with a fair degree of humour:
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