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Pollock's one-day run cut short by injury

Shaun Pollock will miss his first one-day international in four years when South Africa take on New Zealand at Carisbrook on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2004 18:36 IST
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Injured strike bowler Shaun Pollock will miss his first one-day international in four years when South Africa take on New Zealand at Carisbrook on Tuesday.

Pollock, who was sacked as captain at last year's World Cup, has played 116 one-dayers in a row. He has played 211 in total since his debut in 1996.

New Zealand lead the current six-match series 2-1. Pollock strained his groin while bowling in the third match but then blasted three sixes in the final over only for South Africa to lose by five runs.

New Zealand have a good record at Carisbrook, where they have only lost once -- to Australia -- in the last five years.

Captain Stephen Fleming was happy to see the back of Pollock.

"We think he's the key to their bowling," he said. "Someone with Pollock's experience could be sorely missed."

South Africa captain Graeme Smith said his other bowlers would have to take more responsibility, adding: "In the last two games we've been outdone in the basics."

Fleming added that his bowlers would be targeting South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis again.

He has yet to get beyond 30 in the series and Fleming said: "We've got him cheaply, which is good. He's a sleeping giant as far as we're concerned and we want to keep suppressing him as much as we can."

New Zealand will rest Daryl Tuffey, who has a knee problem. He will be replaced by 29-year-old medium-fast bowler Michael Mason, who has been part of the one-day set-up for two seasons but has only made three appearances.

First Published: Feb 23, 2004 18:36 IST