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Cricket: Amiss in tribute to friend who inspired county's trophy treble; CRICKET WORLD CUP.

FORMER England batsman Dennis Amiss has paid an emotional tribute to his close friend and former Test colleague Bob Woolmer, who has died suddenly at the age of 58.

Woolmer made his Test debut against Australia at Lord's in 1975, a match Amiss also played in.

In his capacity as Warwickshire chief executive, Amiss employed him as coach, inspiring a period of unprecedented success for the county.

Describing news of Woolmer's death as "a great shock", Amiss said: "I spoke to him earlier this week and he was fine. We talked about things he was going to do and that he didn't think it would be an easy World Cup.

"I have lost a very close and dear friend. He was a fine and enthusiastic cricker and a lovely man."

Amiss recalled he did not have to look far for a new Warwickshire coach and was rewarded when Woolmer playing his part in enticing Brian Lara to the club and in 1994 secured the treble of major domestic trophies.

Amiss added: "He was highly respected in the coaching world and was probably one of the greatest coaches of all time.

"He was technically minded and always coming up with new ideas about how best to approach the game.

"Bob was always a very phlegmatic character."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2007
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