No Holding Back: The Autobiography

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As one of the fastest bowlers the world has seen, Michael Holding claimed 249 Test wickets and went by the haunting nickname "Whispering Death" a moniker earned because he advanced on the bowling crease with stealth-like malevolence. Despite having not laced his bowling boots since 1989, it remains a fitting sobriquet. As a commentator and administrator, Holding has delivered his views on cricket in the same manner that he played the game: he speaks softly with a rich Jamaican rhythm and is calculated in either criticism or compliment. This book charts his effortless transition from one of the great players to one of the great pundits. Holding graphically describes his days as a player, looking back at how he tried to deliberately hurt batsmen on the wastelands of Kingston and his first match for Jamaica when he almost collapsed from exhaustion after only four overs! He also divulges what it was like to tour with West Indies, and shares unmissable insights about sharing a dressing room with other legends of the game like Sir Clive Lloyd, Sir Viv Richards, and Malcolm Marshall. Holding does not shirk the big issues he explores why West Indies have slipped following their halcyon days, openly assesses Brian Lara, and laments the hypocrisy over the state of the game in the region. The controversy surrounding the Allen Stanford $20m spectacle, the ICC's handling of the abandoned England vs. Pakistan match, player power, illegal bowling actions, and the threat of Twenty20 to the Test game are all subjects which Holding tackles with knowledge and class.

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Michael "Whispering Death" Holding was one of the most charismatic and feared fast-bowlers in the all-conquering West Indies sides of the 1970s and 1980s and is now a distinguished analyst of cricket in print and on TV.

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'It's more than a sportsman's biography. Holding has forthright opinions about the whole game... A thought-provoking read that will appeal to all cricket lovers.' WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY 'Full of valuable insights from this most incisive of cricket commentators it's also a fascinating account of the life and career of one of the game's greatest exponents.' CHOICE

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