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Pollock feels India hold advantage

Former SA skipper feels the Kanpur wicket will be very flat, which will help Indians in the third and final Test commencing on Friday.

cricket Updated: Apr 10, 2008 14:27 IST

Former South African captain Shaun Pollock has put his money on India against the country of his birth when the two teams lock horns in the third and deciding cricket Test commencing in Kanpur on Friday.

"The Kanpur wicket (at Green Park) will be very flat and Indians would have the upper hand," said the 34-year-old all rounder, who is all set to play for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, from Durban during a teleconference on Thursday.

Pollock, among a handful of players to have achieved the double of 3000 runs and 300 wickets in Test cricket, praised the South African team for having done well so far in the series in which they lead 1-0 going into the deciding clash.

"They have played fantastic cricket and I don't think they should do anything different from what they have been doing so far at Kanpur," said the player who represented his country in 108 Tests and 303 ODIs before retiring in February.

Pollock described young pacer Dale Steyn, who has taken 12 wickets in the first two Tests and 75 from the last 11, as someone special, but not as his successor.

"I don't see him as my successor (in leading the attack). He's been a hot property in the South African team. He has done a great job but I don't see him as my successor," Pollock said about the pace bowler who is set to play for the Bangalore team in IPL.

Pollock said he was eager to play in the IPL for Mumbai Indians which would be led by Sachin Tendulkar and mingling with players from all parts of the world.