August 20, 2006

Pacemen not fit to match up to Oval’s old master

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Thirty years on from his destruction of England, Michael Holding is less than impressed with the stamina of the latest generation of fast bowlers, writes Simon Wilde

“I’ve studied footage of Harmison over recent years and I can’t detect any technical glitches, so I can only assume the reason he has bowled at 81mph on Friday, which is 9mph down on his usual level, is lack of fitness. That, or he has a mental problem. But I can’t comment on that because I don’t know the man.”

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is a former assistant editor at Cricinfo

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