- South Africa National Cricket Team 1996 - 2008
Shaun MacLean Pollock is a retired South African cricketer who played for the South African national cricket team. He is a right handed batsman and a right arm fast-medium pace bowler. Started as of a bowler Pollock became a mature batsman at the end of career. He is regarded as a very straight bowler in world cricket. Basically being a medium fast seam bowler Pollock could deliver a faster delivery with swing and precision. He usually batted at the No.7 or 8 position in a hard hitting manner which resulted in a Test average of more than 30 and a One day International average of more than 25. His fielding is a very athletic one. He elevated the morale of the South African team after the match fixing scandal. As a captain he had a good start but later there were some disappointing series losses.
Pollock made his test debut on November 16th 1995 against England. He cemented his place in the team with some excellent performances. He made his ODI debut on January 9th 1996 against England.
In the year 2000 Pollock was appointed as the captain of the team. Due to 1999 match-fixing scandal most of the players from the team had lost their morale. Pollock was faced with the important task of encouraging these players. After getting off to a good start as a captain he faced some disappointing series losses in his tenure.
Shaun Pollock has performed impressively in One Day International, consistently from 1997 to 2001. The 2002 season was a little disappointing for him but later displayed a fine performance till 2005. In June 2007 he represented an Africa XI in an ODI game against an Asia XI in Bangalore, playing as a specialist batsman.
Pollock was not included in the South African Test side for the first time during his career in September 2007. However for the Test series against the West Indies he was included in the team where on 3 February 2008 he declared his retirement.
Pollock was also a part of the 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL) in which he represented the Mumbai Indians.
First South African player to take 400 test wickets
In Test matches Pollock has scored 3000 runs and has taken 300 wickets and is one of the only six players to have done so.
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