Full name Shaun Maclean Pollock
Born July 16, 1973, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Current age 32 years
Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, ICC World XI, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal, Warwickshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Shaun Pollock is one of the most brilliant international players ever. At the beginning of his career he was both a little aggressive and unsure. He was brought into the South African Test side against Michael Atherton’s England tourists in 1995/96. After recovering from his knee injury in 1996, he soon returned to resume his new-ball partnership with Allan Donald. It was surely able 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. He is perhaps the straightest bowler in world cricket, and is able to move the ball both ways at a lively pace. He also possesses stamina and courage in abundance as in proved in Adelaide in 1998 when he toiled on hour after hour in blazing heat to take 7 for 87 in 41 overs on a perfect batting pitch. He was even made the captain in April. With over a 100 test matches under his belt, Pollock remains an integral part of the side.