Hold­ing pans Ponting over ‘rev­e­la­tions’ about suc­ces­sor Clarke

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WEST INDIES great Michael Hold­ing has crit­i­cised for­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain Ricky Ponting over rev­e­la­tions in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy that prompted a pub­lic spat with cur­rent skip­per, Michael Clarke.

Hold­ing, now a prom­i­nent cricket commentator, yes­ter­day said it was “un­for­tu­nate” that Ponting had bro­ken the tra­di­tional dress­ing room code of si­lence in the book, re­leased last month.

The for­mer pace­man said it was ac­cept­able for ex-play­ers to re­veal “a few lit­tle tit­bits” in their me­moirs, but they should not air dirty laun­dry in pub­lic.

“You don’t want to be start­ing all this an­i­mos­ity af­ter you’ve fin­ished play­ing,” he 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 said pub­lish­ers en­cour­aged con­tro­versy in books be­cause it boosted sales, but play­ers needed to be care­ful about what they re­vealed.

“I don’t be­lieve in that, you shouldn’t be writ­ing a book purely for mak­ing money,” he 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

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you were play­ing.”

Ponting’s book raised con­cerns about Clarke’s at­ti­tude when he was deputy cap­tain and of­fered an un­favourable ap­praisal of his ill­fated re­la­tion­ship with bikini model Lara Bin­gle.

It has been crit­i­cised by an­other for­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain, Mark Tay­lor, and by spin great Shane Warne, who sug­gested Ponting was jeal­ous of Clarke.

“Some­times you have to take what Shane Warne says with a pinch of salt,” Holden said.

“War­ney and Michael Clarke are very, very good friends and Warne some­times lets his emo­tions carry him away.”

Ponting has re­jected sug­ges­tions he be­trayed the sanc­tity of the dress­ing room, say­ing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy was mo­ti­vated by a de­sire to tell his side of the story, not sell books.

Hold­ing, who com­men­tated on Eng­land’s home Ashes vic­tory ear­lier this year, backed Alastair Cook’s side to win the re­turn se­ries in Aus­tralia be­gin­ning this month.

“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 and should suit the fast bowlers.” – Sapa-AFP den Grace (RSA) 69 69, Mar­cus Fraser (Aus) 67 71, Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68 70 139 Marc War­ren 69 70, Garth Mul­roy (RSA) 70 69, Stephen Gal­lacher 68 71, Chris Wood 69 70, Max­i­m­il­ian Ki­ef­fer (Ger) 66 73, Richie Ram­say 70 69, Paul Casey 66 73, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 67 72, Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat (Tha) 66 73, Peter Uih­lein (U.S.) 67 72 140 David Horsey 69 71, Mar­cel Siem (Ger) 69 71, Rafael Cabr­era-Bello (Spa) 67 73, Tommy Fleet­wood 69 71, Steve Web­ster 65 75, Bernd Wies­berger (Aut) 68 72, Mat­teo Manassero (Ita) 70 70 Also: 146 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 72 74 Fast 5 World Se­ries, Auck­land Ja­maica . . . . . . .35 South Africa . . . . 28 Eng­land . . . . . . . .19 Aus­tralia . . . . . . .40 New Zealand . . . .43 Ja­maica . . . . . . .22 Malawi . . . . . . . . 37 Aus­tralia . . . . . . .42 Eng­land . . . . . . . .36 South Africa . . . .29 Ja­maica . . . . . . .37 Malawi . . . . . . . .35 ATP World Tour Fi­nals, Lon­don Sin­gles – Group A *3 Stanis­las Wawrinka (Sui) bt *7 David Fer­rer (Spa) 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-1 Dou­bles – Group B *4 Mar­cel Gra­nollers/Marc Lopez (Spa/Spa) bt *7 Le­an­der Paes/Radek Stepanek (Ind/Cza) 46, 7-6 (7/5), 10-8 (match tiebreak)

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