Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Woolmer Loss Casts Long Shadow

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Woolmer Loss Casts Long Shadow

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

BOB WOOLMER played and then coached at the highest level.

But that was not nearly enough for one of cricket's great enthusiasts, whose death yesterday at the age of 58 has cast a long shadow over the World Cup.

As an all-rounder, Woolmer represented Kent, England, Natal and Western Province with distinction - scoring three Test centuries along the way - before guiding, among others, Warwickshire, South Africa and Pakistan to numerous triumphs with his active and innovative brand of coaching.

That would have been plenty for most people. Woolmer, though, was so in love with cricket that he developed his own website and invited anyone, from anywhere in the world and regardless of their ability, to send in theories, questions and points of view for him to consider and then answer.

Never short of an idea, and seldom too busy to discuss it with whoever showed even a flicker of interest, Woolmer helped to turn Warwickshire into county cricket's dominant force in the mid-1990s, took South Africa to within a ridiculous run out of the 1999 World Cup Final and, until recently at least, threatened to show Pakistan how to make full use of their obvious talent. …

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