Full name Maurice Gibson Holmes
Born May 19, 1990, Tenterden, Kent
Current age 24 years 341 days
Major teams Kent 2nd XI, Loughborough MCCU, Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|First-class debut||Loughborough MCCU v Northamptonshire at Loughborough, Apr 2-4, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, May 4-6, 2011 scorecard|
|List A debut||Warwickshire v Leicestershire at Birmingham, May 1, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Northamptonshire v Warwickshire at Northampton, May 8, 2011 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0*, 3/32||Warwcks 2nd||v Unicorns A||Birmingham||18 Aug 2011||Other OD|
|0/33||Warwcks 2nd||v Lancs 2nd XI||Rugby||3 Aug 2011||Other|
|2/51, 6*||Warwcks 2nd||v Lancs 2nd XI||Dorridge||2 Aug 2011||Other OD|
|0/55||Warwcks 2nd||v Notts 2nd XI||Nottingham||13 Jun 2011||Other OD|
|3/20, 1*||Warwcks 2nd||v Glouc 2nd XI||Coventry||8 Jun 2011||Other T20|
|0/24||Warwcks 2nd||v Glouc 2nd XI||Coventry||8 Jun 2011||Other T20|
|1/50||Warwcks 2nd||v Nthants 2nd||Stowe||31 May 2011||Other OD|
|1/22||Warwcks 2nd||v Smrst 2nd XI||Solihull||26 May 2011||Other T20|
|2/30||Warwcks 2nd||v Smrst 2nd XI||Solihull||26 May 2011||Other T20|
|0/44, 0||Warwickshire||v Northants||Northampton||8 May 2011||LA|
Bowling with an action like Muttiah Muralitharan proved to be Maurice Holmes' blessing and his downfall. Holmes first came to attention as a 19-year-old when he offered his services as a net bowler to international teams practising at The Oval in preparation for games in the 2009 World Twenty20. New Zealand, keen to prepare for their game against Muralitharan's Sri Lanka, employed Homes to travel with them and, later that year, took him with them when they toured Sri Lanka.
Even then, however, the whispers about Holmes' action were growing in volume. He had been reported while playing second XI cricket for Kent and the subsequent tests at Loughborough showed he exceeded the 15 degree of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations. Having made the necessary alterations to his action, Holmes was retested before the 2010 season and cleared for bowling.
With first team opportunities limited at Kent by the presence of James Tredwell, however, Holmes joined Warwickshire ahead of the 2011 season. He made his first-class debut for Loughborough MCCU and his Championship debut for Warwickshire in May but was prevented from further progress when he was twice more reported for a suspect action. While he was cleared in subsequent testing, he was then recalled after suspicions that he had altered his action for the tests and, in the retests, was found to have exceeded the 15% degree of tolerance when delivering his doosra. He was warned against bowling the delivery and released by Warwickshire.
A latecomer to cricket - he did not start bowling until he was 15 - Holmes insists he had never heard of Murali when he first learned to bowl. As of late 2012, he had adjourned a career in cricket to pursue a law degree.
Dale Steyn on relationships, his beard, how growing up in the bush shaped him, and what attracted him to fast bowling
The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet
For New Zealand's wild child, there is probably no better place than county cricket right now
His current game is extremely premeditated, so as to delay taking risks, and it robs the innings of all natural flow