Fast bowling great Holding says would have crumbled under modern workload
West Indian fast bowling great Michael Holding has said says he wouldn't have been able to play at the top level for 12 years under the modern workload.
Holding believes too much cricket is taking its toll on fast bowlers, and added relatively young players like Brett Lee shouldn't have to retire as early as they are.
"I know how difficult it was to maintain fitness and to bowl fast for an extended period of time. Although everyone is always talking about all the training that they are doing and they're monitored so closely, you will get injuries," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Holding, as saying.
The answer to keeping fast bowlers on the field for longer, Holding believed, was simply less cricket.
Holding said: "It's just about monitoring them, about making sure that the workload is managed and see how long they can actually last."
Holding said it was telling that there were fewer super fast bowlers in the game in the modern era than 30 or 40 years ago, when every team had at least one outstanding quick.
"I'm not talking about somebody who just ran 30 metres and bowled a ball. I'm talking about somebody who bowled really fast," Holding said.