Kiwis targeting Pollock in second ODI
New Zealand plan to mount a full scale assault on Shaun Pollock in Tuesday's second ODI.Updated: Feb 16, 2004 19:37 IST
New Zealand plan to mount a full scale assault on South African bowler Shaun Pollock in Tuesday's second one day International here.
South Africa won the first of six matches last Friday and remain heavy favourites to win Tuesday.
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said their batting would revolve around trying to upset the opposition's best bowler.
"Pollock has slowed his pace, he uses line and length, and on a good wicket if we can break him up then we go quite a long way to breaking up their patterns," Fleming said of former Proteas skipper Pollock, poised five short of becoming the first South African to take 300 one-day international wickets.
"If we can interrupt (South African captain) Graeme Smith's routine with his bowlers, then we'll have a better chance of beating them."
Gaining some dominance in the top order will represent a turnaround from the series opener when the Black Caps were always battling after being 79 for four.
There are still question marks over the recent form of newcomer Michael Papps and Hamish Marshall but they will enjoy the change to a better, faster Jade Stadium pitch where they can deflect the ball.
A bonus came New Zealand's way today with in-form South Africa batsman Smith leaving training early to visit a doctor after picking up the flu in recent days.
He did not front the pre-match media conference but coach Eric Simons was not overly concerned.
"He's a bit bunged up in his throat and chest. He's been on antibiotics but he'll be all right," Simons said.
"He batted well in the nets and I'm sure he'll be fine. We'll check him in the morning."
New Zealand (from): Stephen Fleming (captain), Michael Papps, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Chris Cairns, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Daryl Tuffey, Michael Mason.
South Africa (from): Graeme Smith (captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Boeta Dippenaar, Jacques Rudolph, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Robin Peterson, Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel, Nicky Boje, Albie Morkel, Ashwell Prince.
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS), Tony Hill (NZL).
First Published: Feb 16, 2004 11:53 IST