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Full name Brent Fraser Bowden
Born April 11, 1963, Henderson, Auckland
Current age 51 years 293 days
|Test debut||New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Mar 11-15, 2000 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, Dec 26-30, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Mar 29, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Auckland, Jan 17, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Feb 17, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014 scorecard|
Some eccentrics are born. Others thrust eccentricity upon themselves. Step forward, Brent "Billy" Bowden, the New Zealand umpiring sensation who shot to fame with a zany array of embellished signals and a preposterous eye for showmanship. Bowden turned to umpiring after the onset of arthritis in his early-twenties, and earned a reputation for giving batsmen out with a curiously bent finger. Suitably encouraged, he threw out the rule-book which states that the best cricket officials are the ones that go unnoticed, and added a whole host of whacky twists to his daily routine. The most celebrated of these is his hop-on-one-leg-and-reach-for-Jesus signal for six, and he seems pre-programmed to pose throughout a match, even when ducking for his life as a pull-shot rockets through square-leg. For all the embellishments, his decision-making skills are almost without equal among the ICC's elite panel, although in 2007 he was suspended from standing at that year's inaugural Twenty20 World Championships, following his role in the farcical conclusion of the World Cup final in Barbados.
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