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Pollock dropped from 1st test

Pollock dropped from 1st test

Shaun Pollock has been dropped from South Africa’s squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Karachi, three days before the match is due to begin. South Africa feel Pollock may not be as effective on pitches in the subcontinent as he once was and are keen to try out younger, quicker bowlers such as Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn.

This is the first time in his 107-Test career that Pollock has been dropped for any reason other than injury and unsurprisingly, he admitted to being both surprised and disappointed.

As recently as the turn of the year, Pollock won a man-of-the-series award against India and in his last five Tests has taken 21 wickets. But he revealed that Arthur had spoken to him a few months ago about the shape of his future role on subcontinent tours; with South Africa due to tour Bangladesh and India in March next year as well, this could be a harbinger of things to come.

“Mickey feels I have a role to play especially in South Africa where pitches are more conducive,” Pollock said. “But I don’t think my job on flat subcontinent wickets is over. I know I can perform. Then it’s up to selectors to take me for tours ahead.

“I have a good record in Pakistan and if the opportunity arises for the second Test, I will take it. It’s disappointing, but you have to move on.”

Pollock’s record in the subcontinent is impressive. In 17 Tests in the subcontinent, he has taken 60 wickets. In Pakistan, he has taken 18 wickets in five Tests and helped script a memorable win in Faisalabad in 1997-98. If not on the field, then Pollock will at least be happy to play a role off it.

I would pick Pollock anytime over Nel.
It’s not as if he has that bad a record on sub-continent pitches.
SA have been surprising in their selections lately.

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I agree. One of the SA players that in my mind should be an automatic choice.

I haven’t followed his recent form but logic says he should have been in the team at the start of the series.

The younger players can be brought in gradually, or if and when he fails. So they will be trying out new players, and if they fail will they expect a disheartened and disillusioned player to play his heart out!

This is not the way to treat senior players, in the name of trying out juniors.

©hinaman said this on September 29th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

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