Full name Vanburn Alonzo Holder
Born October 10, 1945, Deans Village, St Michael, Barbardos
Current age 69 years 294 days
Major teams West Indies, Barbados, Minor Counties, Orange Free State, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 12-17, 1969 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v West Indies at Kanpur, Feb 2-8, 1979 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v West Indies at Leeds, Sep 5, 1973 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v Australia at Castries, Apr 12, 1978 scorecard|
|First-class span||1966/67 - 1985/86|
|List A span||1968 - 1985/86|
Vanburn Holder was a fast-medium bowler in between two eras where West Indies cricket was dominated by fast men. Originally a change bowler to Charlie Griffith and Wes Hall, he relied on accuracy and determination and in 40 Tests took 109 wickets. He toured England in 1969 - with mediocre success - and again in 1973 when he was an integral part of the bowling attack as West Indies ended six-and-a-half years without a series win. In 1973-74 he hammered a career-best 122 for Barbados, and in 1974 was a key part of Worcestershire's Championship-winning side. In 1974-75 he took 6 for 39 in the final Test in India to wrap up another series win, but as the West Indies new young fast bowlers emerged he slipped out of the picture. He returned when many of them joined World Series Cricket, and in 1977-78 took 6 for 28, his Test-best, against Australia in Trinidad. That won him a place on the tour of India in 1978-79 but he did little of note and retired shortly afterwards. He was appointed as a first-class umpire in England in 1992.
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