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May 5, 2012
Features : A cage-fighting England captain
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Players/Officials: Adam Hollioake
Adam Hollioake, the former England one-day captain, is unsure whether he will continue his cage-fighting career after his professional debut ended in a draw on Saturday.
Hollioake, who played four Tests and 35 ODIs, was buzzing after his three-round mixed martial arts bout in Australia, claiming the high was greater than any moment in his 17-year cricket journey.
However, he was left wishing he was fitter after running out of stamina towards the end of the nine-minute contest with Queensland's Joel Miller.
"In hindsight I would have taken a bit longer to prepare for this," he said. "I made a silly mistake in the first round and that cost me. I won the second round and the third round was a non-event really."
The next combat steps depend on Hollioake's wife Sherryn, who had a cage-side seat and wasn't comfortable with the spectacle.
"I'll do what she says," he said when asked if he'll fight again.
In the main report: "The real issue is not whether cricket is more exciting than cage-fighting. It's why a 40-year-old who spent so long involved in the genteel game - most of it as a captain who had to fit within the establishment's constraints - has joined the growing craze of mixed martial artists, whose objective is to paint and pummel opponents using pretty much any method they want. Inside the six-sided wire cage it's a bloodsport, a self-preservation village of the van Dammed."
Click here for Peter English's brilliant study of why an England captain has taken to cage fighting.
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