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The end for Shaun Pollock?

South Africa
by Paul Fletcher (U1816326) 28 September 2007
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Shaun Pollock has been left out of the South Africa team for the Test match against Pakistan - the first time in his career that he has been dropped.

Is this the end of the road for the 34-year-old?

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posted Sep 28, 2007

Who will SA go to when in trouble. Nel? I think they have made the wrong decision.

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posted Sep 28, 2007

Pollock is still worthy of a place in any test side in the world including Australia. His bowling alone is enough to get him in the side, his batting at times is better than the top order (if England had Pollock at no.6 then he would do better than Flintoff). In the subcontinent the visting captain needs to be astute to adapt and will benefit from advice from his senior players. Polly is one such of these players - a thinking man and was a successful captain himself. His absence will be felt on many fronts and with the test series being so short, SA may find themselves a game down and struggling to save something from the series.

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posted Sep 28, 2007

I have to say I am disappointed that the South African cricket authorities have dropped Pollock. Instead of dropping, why dont boards temporarily send out of form players to refreshers. Maybe all he needs is some time and space. This creates unnecessary stress for some one who is undoubtedly a world class player.

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posted Sep 28, 2007

Goodbye ginger balls, you done good.

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posted Sep 28, 2007

Shaun Pollock is one of the greatest players of all time. I don't really understand how sport works in South Africa these days. I'm sure there are reasons for his omission, like I'm sure KP's province in South Africa had reasons for leaving him out. Perhaps they were only allowed to have so many ego's in one team? Back to Pollock though, he is far from done, make no mistake. He'll be back!

PS - loved the call to have him "dropped" to the England side!

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posted Sep 28, 2007

That's an amazing decision. Can't believe they left him out of the side.
Must be something else going on behind the scenes.

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posted Sep 28, 2007

I'm surprised! Pollock is getting on a bit but he's still a decent bowler, better than anyone else South Africa has to offer (apart from Ntini maybe). Plus he's a handy batsmen as well, I wish England had someone with half of Pollock's ability!

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posted Sep 29, 2007

I hope it is the end for Shaun Pollock. In truth, he's been a bit insipid for a couple of years or more. Sure he gets the odd greentop or juicy floodlit game to expose what a fine bowler he is...

Trouble is though - without pace (not that he was ever that quick apart from his debut) - there have been times in recent years where he's been smashed all over the place - notably in the 370 game in the World Cup. It doesn't give me any pleasure to see a great bloke and a great bowler smashed around like that.

Nowadays, certainly in tests, it seems pitches are becoming worse and worse for bowlers as greedy boards instruct groundsmen to make games last 5 days so they can get as much money out of spectators as possible.

Pollock has been a victim of this greed the world over. It's a shame - but at 34 - how much time as a fast bowler would he have had anyway?

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posted Sep 29, 2007

Pollock is still one of the best bowlers around and as an all rounder would fit into most test sides without a second thought. him being replaced by morkel is ridiculus, rather like how plunkett and mahmood played for england last year over anderson!!

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