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“You’ve played cricket with some great guys, some not that great, but that doesn’t mean that you come out into the open and wash your laundry”
Legendary West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding has lashed out at former Australia captain Ricky Ponting over the controversial claims he made in his autobiography, At The Close Of Play, about his successor Michael Clarke not being fully committed to helping the baggy greens succeed during his days as the country’s vice-captain.
Holding added that there was no need to dwell on events of the past as “what is gone is gone”.
“You don’t want to be starting all this animosity after you’ve finished playing,” Holding told New Zealand radio station Livesport. “You’ve played cricket with some great guys, some not that great, but that doesn’t mean that you come out into the open and wash your laundry, keep it behind doors. What is gone is gone.”
Holding also stated that the publishers probably encouraged Ponting to include controversial moments of his career in the book as it would boost sales and increase their revenue.
“I don’t believe in that, you shouldn’t be writing a book purely for making money,” Holding said. “You should be writing books to let the public know a few little things that they wouldn’t have known under normal circumstances when you were playing.”
Ponting’s autobiography has also been heavily criticised by former Australia spin king Shane Warne, who even hinted that Ponting may have been jealous of Clarke.
However, Holding was quick to dismiss Warne’s theory, and said: “Sometimes you have to take what Shane Warne says with a little pinch of salt. Warney and Michael Clarke are very, very good friends and Warne sometimes lets his emotions carry him away.”
Ponting has defended his autobiography on numerous occasions, stating that no point did he feel he was breaching the dressing room’s code of confidentiality.
Meanwhile, Holding also picked England to win the upcoming Ashes series, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane.
“I’m not too sure the results will be a lot different,” he said. “I think England basically have a better team.
“But I think you’ll see better cricket in that the pitches will be better…they should suit the fast bowlers.”