Ultimate Test XI Profile: Shaun Pollock

By Sports Desk May 09, 2020
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Hailing from a family of cricketing legends, it was no surprise when Pollock went on to become one himself.

Son of respected Peter Pollock and nephew of the legendary Graeme Pollock, the junior Pollock went on to make his name as one of the finest all-rounders to represent South Africa.

After a steady beginning, Pollock had the world’s attention when he took 69 wickets in 14 Test matches in 1998, which included his career-best figures of 7/87.

His uncanny accuracy and ability to move the ball both ways were the pedestals to his consistent performance.

He was handed the onus of Test captaincy in 2000. Unlike many other captains, his performances flourished with the burden of captaincy and he took his first and only 10-wicket haul during this period, against India in 2001-02.

He was also a handy batsman, scoring two centuries and 16 50s from his 108 matches at a good average of 32.31.


Career Statistics

Full name: Shaun Maclean Pollock

Born: 16 July 1973 (age 46)

Place of Birth: Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa

Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

Batting Style: Right-handed

Bowling Style: Right arm fast-medium

Role: All-rounder


Test Career (Batting) - South Africa (1995–2008)

Mat    Inns      NO    Runs     HS     Avg     BF     SR        100     50           

108     156        39     3781     111    32.31  7198    52.52       2      16           


Test Career (Bowling) – South Africa (1995-2008)

Mat    Inns    Balls      Runs    Wkts   BBI     BBM     Ave    Econ    SR     4w     5w    10w

108    202    24353        9733    421      7/87   10/147   23.11   2.39    57.8    23      16       1 


Career Highlights

  • One of six players to score 3000 runs and capture 400 wickets in Tests
  • Tallied 3781 runs at an average of 32.31
  • Scored two hundreds and 16 fifties
  • Captured 421 wickets at 23.11

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