A cricket man through and through
Peter Roebuck, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, says Bob Woolmer lived and died a cricketing man.
By and large the relationship was mutual because cricket enriched, almost defined, the Englishman's existence. To reflect upon his contribution is to observe its constancy and extent. In a career spanning several decades, he served in many capacities and did not fail in any of them. Had he been asked to prepare a pitch or stand as an umpire he would have agreed. Cricket was his canvas and his laboratory. Fatefully, it also became his life.
Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo