Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st ODI, Mirpur

Pollard targets one-day success

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October 12, 2011

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Kieron Pollard is bowled by Alfonso Thomas, Somerset v Mumbai Indians, 2nd semi-final, CLT20, Chennai, October 8, 2011
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Kieron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder, has said that the Bangladesh series is a very important one for West Indies and for himself personally. Pollard joined the squad after winning the Champions League T20 with Mumbai Indians, but was ineligible to play in his side's Twenty20 international defeat on Tuesday. He has yet to establish himself as an ODI force, averaging 21.73 from 43 games, and score a one-day hundred.

"Hopefully we can go there and give a good account of ourselves [in the ODIs]," he said. "Bangladesh played well in the Twenty20 game but it can go either way, that you have seen in the Champions League. Fifty-overs games are the test of character of each team."

Having just played in India, Pollard said he was used to the conditions, which are basically the same across the subcontinent. "The wickets here are slow, the wickets in India were slow as well. I played a lot of games in Chennai where the wicket was slow. So actually it's the same sort of wicket.

"You have to go there and play to the situation, according to what the wicket is doing. As a batsman you have to assess it properly."

When asked about the causes for the team's three-wicket loss in the T20I, Pollard said it was a combination of factors and that the team had identified what needs to be fixed. "I think we have done that [a post mortem] and the guys know where they had made the errors. Hopefully we can correct it and come back stronger."

Pollard struggled somewhat in the Champions League, despite being his team's highest run-getter. He made one half-century and averaged just 20.50 from six games, but said he always feels confident when he steps out to bat.

"I've just come out of a tournament and didn't score that much, but it's a new day and anything can happen. You never know. I can score three hundreds against Bangladesh."

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak said the win in the T20I had given his team the mental advantage and that he hoped the one-dayer was played on the same wicket, as that wicket suited the way his team plays. He was also looking forward to bowling with the new ball. Each team will have two new balls to start the game under the ICC's new playing conditions, which came into effect on October 1.

"I am used to bowling with the new ball," Razzak said. "I think it helps because there's shine and the seam is prominent. With the Kookaburra [ball], the spinners get assistance when the ball is newer."

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Posted by smudgeon on (October 13, 2011, 3:46 GMT)

In T20s, Pollard's hit 142 fours, and 146 sixes: that's why his services are in such high demand in domestic T20 comps around the world. With more application to the different skill set required, I think he could have more to offer in longer formats, but I wouldn't blame him if he just went where the money is.

Posted by   on (October 13, 2011, 2:22 GMT)

Pollard will be found out eventually. An average cricketer with limited skills. The longer the version of the game the less likely he is to offer anything to the team.

Posted by   on (October 13, 2011, 1:06 GMT)

yoww metman and the wallster ..pollard hane notting to prove !! ...he has done made his $$$ cash and ....thats y he rather play ipl than wi so nuff rescept to gayle to ..u cant give them wrong dey correct ....but it's a real shame west indies without gayle ..and if west indies lost this series i hope gibson and his egoes goes

Posted by the_wallster on (October 12, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

@Metman the most disturbing thing about Pollard is that the average number of balls he has faced in his ENTIRE limited-overs career, is 12. staggering. i've no idea where he gets this reputation as a limited-overs specialist. and he's paid a fortune for it.

Posted by Metman on (October 12, 2011, 20:15 GMT)

It is about time that Pollard the cricketer,and not Pollard the name, shows us what he can do against the test playing nations,albeit against one of the up and coming test nations .His av.of 21.73 ,includes 94 against the Netherlands,and 60 against Ireland,two minnows in world cricket.Take away those two innings,and Pollard averages a whopping 16.8

Posted by woodhaven on (October 12, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

IPl is destroying NZ cricket and now west indies cricket.

Posted by GravyMon on (October 12, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

I wonder what the post mortem would have been like ... I must say the result here certainly underlines the magnitude of the fluke at the Oval. Somehow, this current team seems always out of balance, but hopefully WI selectors will get it right in the end. I dread where WI cricket might be at that point in time.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

I think it'll be an even game. If BD can capitalize with their spin weapons as most of the WI batsmen are not that comfortable playing against that, they would even have an upper edge.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

Why should a professional cricketer stop earning money while he is in his prime ?

Posted by Yevghenny on (October 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

isn't it about time Pollard stopped flying around the world playing t20 and focussed on making a name for himself?

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