His ordeal came in 100F heat, and he said yesterday: "I realised I was struggling when it was our turn to go and field because I asked if anyone had any sun cream. Neil Fairbrother pointed out that it was dark and we were playing under lights! I felt like I was on cloud nine. I felt like I had smoked 10 joints."
Last night the England and Wales Cricket Board defended Hollioake's remark. "These were off-the-cuff remarks which were purely hypothetical," an ECB spokesman said. "Adam was simply trying to capture the way he felt after a particularly taxing ordeal. But his choice of words was unfortunate."
Hollioake admitted he would have passed out had he not left the field after five overs of the South African reply. "That was the worst I have ever felt on a cricket field but the humidity is so oppressive," he said. "There is no respite from it and you cannot prepare for it. It was like being in a Sauna."
"I thought I had better get off the pitch because it would be embarrassing to collapse in front of 40,000 people.
"But when I was in the dressing room I suddenly had an incredible attack of the munches and ate about five Mars bars and three bowls of noodles. I couldn't stop eating. Our physio Dean Conway had to force me to stop."