It is possible to argue that the emergence of Pollock inspired Donald to greater heights as the latter found himself with a partner who both complemented and challenged him. In Adelaide in 1998 he toiled on hour after hour in blazing heat to take 7 for 87 in 41 overs on a perfect batting pitch. Pollock was thrust into the captaincy in April when Hansie Cronje was drummed out of the game. After a solid start to his captaincy, he was blamed for South Africa's disastrous World Cup in which they failed to qualify for the Super Sixes. Pollock was immediately replaced by Graeme Smith. But with 100 Tests under his belt, Pollock remains an integral part of the side.