Graeme Pollock is a former cricketer for South Africa, a member of a famous family; Pollock is widely regarded as a South Africa’s greatest cricketers, and one of the finest batsmen to have played Test Cricket. Pollock career cut short at the age of 26 due to sporting boycott against South Africa. He played 23 Test matches, but Pollock showed in his 23 Tests what an awesome talent he possessed; his highest score of 274 was for many years the South African Test record. He broke the number of records, completed his career with the batting average of 60.69. Pollock was the extremely powerful batsman, although his natural timing, and could also bowl effective leg spin at the time.
Pollock has been selected for numerous awards and accolades, including being voted as South Africa’s Cricketer of the 20th century in 1999, selected in 2007 as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 1967 and 1969, as well as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the year in 1966. In South Africa, he was selected as the player of the year in 1961 and 1984, with special tributes in S.A Cricket.
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Pollock was in 1944 into a Scottie family in Durban. His father Andrew was a former first-class cricketer with Orange Free State and editor of the Elizabeth Herald. Pollack nickname was Little Dog as a youth.
He attended Grey High School-a noted sporting school in Port Elizabeth. In this school, he was coached by Sussex professional George Cox. In the age of 9 he played his first match, and took ten wickets before scoring the 117 not out. He was selected for his first match for school First X1 as a leg spinner, taking 6 wickets for 5 runs. Pollock has been chosen to represent South Africa schoolboys in the age 15.
He has been chosen to represent the East Province at the age of 16, in 1960. He scored 54 runs before being run out against the Border in his first-class debut at the Jan Smuts Ground in East London. And also took two wickets in the match. Later this season he scored the maiden century against Transvaal B, becoming the youngest South African to score a first-class century. In the age of 19, he scored double-century in the first-class cricket.
Debut in Australia
He was selected at the age of 19 for the 1963-64 tour of Australia. In the first match of the tour he had disappointed start but in the second match, he scored 127 not out against a Western Australia Combined X1. He made his debut at Gabba in Brisbane making 25 in the rain was interrupted. Pollock was not met with success in the first two mates of series. In the third match, he scored 122 runs in the first innings and became the South African youngest player to score hundred. I the fourth match he and Eddie Barlow shared a South African third-wicket record partnership of 341. Pollock scored 175 runs. South Africa won the match and levels the series by1-1.
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Success then Isolation
In 1966-67, Australia toured to South Africa for the five test series. South Africa won the first match, and Pollock scored 90 runs in 104 balls. In the second match, responding to a total of 542, Pollock made 209 runs from a team total of 553. In the third Test match, Pollack made 67 not out in the second innings. In the series, Pollack made 537 runs at an average of 76.71.
Pollock was 26-year-old when his Test career was brought to an end. He played 23 test matches. He scored 2256 runs at the average of 60.67, with a help of 7 centuries and 11 fifties. His top score was 274.
He was a wonderful batsman. He standing at 6 feet 2 inches, Pollock has used his height well to get the pitch the ball, and with strong timing. His footwork was also so clean, correct and balanced. He used a heavy bat to driving the ball. Pollock developed a very good pull and leg drive. His style of batting was aggressive. He was not looking for poor deliveries when looking to score.
Pollock father Andrew Pollock was also playing cricket for Orange Free State, Peter Pollock, was a leading fast Bowler who played 28 Test Matches for South Africa. Both sons of Graeme Pollock, Anthony Pollock, and Andrew Graeme Pollock played cricket for Transvaal and Gauteng, while his nephew, Shaun Pollock retired from South Africa Test team in 2008, played 108 Test matches, captained the country from 2000 to 2003 and is South Africa’s leading wicket-taker.
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