I'd do it all again, says Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock closed his international career on Sunday as S Africa completed 5-0 one-day sweep of the W Indies and admitted he'd love to have his career all over again.cricket Updated: Feb 04, 2008 10:08 IST
Shaun Pollock closed his international career on Sunday by hitting the winning runs as South Africa completed 5-0 one-day sweep of the West Indies and admitted he'd love to have his career all over again.
The 34-year-old Pollock, a former skipper of the national team, collected 421 Test wickets and 393 limited over victims as well as 3,781 Test runs and 3,519 one-day runs in his 12-year career.
"It's been a wonderful journey but retiring is all good. I have a real peace about it," said Pollock after South Africa's eight-wicket win at a packed Wanderers.
"It's been a great profession to have for the last 13 years and I would do it all again. It was a perfect end.
"I've been blown away by the reception at every match. It could have been sad but I'll take away fond memories because the crowds have carried me."
Herschelle Gibbs made a dazzling century and ensured a winning end to Pollock's "wonderful journey" as South Africa chased down a rain-reduced target.
Gibbs (102) and Jacques Kallis (74 not out) shared a 175-run second wicket partnership as South Africa achieved a target of 211 in 31 overs with eight wickets and 13 balls to spare.
Pollock, who played in 108 Tests and 303 one-dayers, was promoted to number four in the batting order and hit the winning runs, finishing with 10 not out.