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Shaun Pollock Retires

Shaun Pollock made his debut in 1995 against England where he made an impression straight away. He made a run a ball 66 in his ODI debut and then picked up 4 for 34 in his 10 overs. No surprise he was the man of the match. Incidentally his debut was shared with Kallis and Paul Adams. Over the next 12 years Polly showed that his debut was no fluke, often named as one of the best all-rounders ever in cricket, his ability with the ball was almost matched with the bat. He was one of the most dangerous batsman in the ODI format, able to hit huge sixes either side of the wicket. He averaged 32 in tests, 26 in ODI’s with a high score of 111 in tests and 130 ODI’s. His bowling was his speciality averaging 23 in tests and 24 in ODI’s and only conceding 3.67 an over. He will be missed by South Africa, and the sending off he got was a testament to how much he has done for cricket in SA and what the spectators thought of him.

Shaun Pollock will be remembered as another Pollock great, a player that will never be replaced and never forgotten by those who follow cricket. It was a very emotional send off by the fans at every stadium and it was only fitting that he hit the winning runs.

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Boxing Day Test Day 1: SA vs WI

The two tests that started today had similar weather conditions leading up to the day. Both grounds were subjected to some rain which makes the decision after winning the toss slightly more challenging. W.G. Grace had some good advice: ‘When you win the toss – bat. If you are in doubt, think about it, then bat. If you have very big doubts, consult a colleague – then bat.’ This advice was taken by Ponting who indicated it might be a tricky start but still worth the risk. Smith on the other hand believed the pitch would be troublesome.

After the first day, the West Indians are clearly in the driving seats. A score of 281/4 at the end of the day on a pitch that was supposed to have some juice in it has surpassed everyone’s expectations. This position looks a lot better than it really is. Rain ensured that only 84 overs were bowled, which means only 4 overs have gone with the new ball, which has already claimed Samuels wicket. Steyn, Ntini and Nel may have been innocuous on the first day, however they will be looking to snap up some early wickets in the morning, which could lead to a complete collapse of the Windies Line-up who possess a very long tail.

If the West Indies remain unscathed after the first 15 overs there is no reason why they cant score 450 plus on the docile pitch. If this happens they will secure themselves a draw at the very least.

The West Indies certainly won the first day however it was not emphatic enough for them to feel comfortably on top. In short South Africa have it all to do in the morning with a very average attack apart from Dale Steyn. It should be a very interesting days play, lets hope the rain stays away.

Preview of the West-Indies Tour

The West Indians have recently been in South Africa, participating in the inaugural World Twenty20 Championships. In the warm up games they beat Kenya and New Zealand and looked set for their third straight win in the 20 over format in the opening match asainst South Africa as Gayle smashed 10 sixes in his 117 off 57 balls to help them reach 205. The South African side managed to reach the score fairly easily and it got worse for the Windies as Bangladesh knocked them out of the tournament.

The return to Africa could not have started off any worse, as Zimbabwe beat them by 30 runs in the first ODI. Ray Mali must have been smiling after the first match – for the uninformed Ray Mali declared Zimbabwe will be cricketing champions of the world in three years !!(see more here)  Natural order in the hierarchy of cricket was restored for the remainder of the series, as the Windies won the following three matches whilst the last game was rained out.

On the 14th of December, the West Indies face the Makhaya Ntini Invitational XI which includes: Makhaya Ntini (capt), Paul Adams, Mark Boucher, Herschelle Gibbs, Tyron Henderson, Jacques Kallis, Mfuneko Ngam, Yanda Pangabantu, Shaun Pollock, Jonty Rhodes, Pieter Strydom

On Sunday the 16th the Twenty20 match takes place at St Georges for the first time. The SA squad is: Morne van Wyk, Herschelle Gibbs, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Gulam Bodi, Shaun Pollock (captain), Vernon Philander, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini.

Greame Smith has been ruled out with a mysterious illness and thus Morne van Wyk is in the squad.

On the 19th of December the warm up game against SA A gets underway with Neil McKenzie captaining the side. The rest of the side is: Morne van Wyk (wk), Justin Ontong, JP Duminy, Gulam Bodi, Vernon Philander, Monde Zondeki, Johan Botha, Freidel de Wet, Charl Langeveldt, Robin Peterson (12th man)

Boeta Dippenaar was unavailable as he is writing exams

The West-Indies tour squad: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Pedro Collins, Fidel Edwards, Daren Ganga, Rawl Lewis, Runako Morton, Brenton Parchment, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.
 

Twenty20 Day 1 Summary

If ever the ICC were looking for a fairy tale start to a new venture, they would have to perform a miracle to improve on the start of the Twenty20 World Cup. Over 400 runs in under 40 overs. Pro 20 cricket was designed to entertain and if there are going to be more exciting matches than the opener – Twenty20 cricket will take the world by storm.

SA decided to field first and after Gayle destroyed their attack with TEN yes TEN 6’s and 7 4’s in his 57 ball 117. Smith might well have regretted the decision, with all of the bowlers being smashed around.

Smith decided to lead by example and introduce himself into the attack as the only spinning option. He performed admirably for his ability and showed the side that with his limited bowling talent the over cost only 17. It did indeed spur on the rest of the attack with far superior bowling skills, and  the 12th over bowled by Smith was the highest for the rest of the innings!!!

The Windies were cruising along until Van der Wath removed Gayle in the 17th over and only conceded 4 runs followed by Morne Morkel conceding 3 runs in the 18th over. This was the least runs conceded in the innings. There was little support to Gayle apart from Devon Smith who opened the batting with Gayle making 35 off 34 balls

The Windies set SA 206 for victory however as mentioned in “The Players to Watch” post, West Indies didn’t have the bowlers to back their batsman up and whilst 200 should be defendable by any team, SA managed to get there with 14 balls to spare.

The West Indies surely set a record for the most wides in a 20/20 international game conceding 23 of them!! Not that this detracts from the beautiful 120 run partnership between Gibbs and Kemp, Gibbs making 90 off 55 whilst Kemp carved 46 off 22 balls.

South Africa managed an 8 wicket victory which should be more than enough of a warning to Australia that they are looking to knock them off their perch as the favourites.

SA vs West Indies

SA take on West Indies in the first match of the inaugural world Twenty20 Tournament and the home side are favorites to win this game. West Indies are missing Brian Lara and don’t have the firepower they used to. However they are fighters and it won’t be easy for SA to win this game. There will need to be disciplined bowling which is expected from Pollock however Ntini has been struggling recently and Nel got smashed in the warm up game against Sri Lanka.

The batting line up is definitely South Africa strength however the saying you only as strong as your weakest link is prevalent in this format and the undecided bowling attack could cause South Africa to chase a few more runs than they should.

South Africa should give the fans something to cheer about tomorrow night but the West Indies are by no means going to be walked over. The men to watch for SA aside from the usual suspects are the Morkels and Philander.

The West Indies will rely on Gayle and Powell to make an impact tomorrow.