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Graeme Pollock      

Full name Robert Graeme Pollock

Born February 27, 1944, Durban, Natal

Current age 70 years 155 days

Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, Transvaal

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Relation Father - AM Pollock, Uncle - R Howden, Brother - PM Pollock, Cousin - RM Nicholson, Cousin - CR Nicholson, Son - AG Pollock, Son - GA Pollock, Nephew - SM Pollock

Robert Graeme Pollock
Timeline
    February 27, 1944
    Little Dog cometh
    Is born into a Scottish family. His father, Andrew, is a former first-class cricketer. Earns the nickname Little Dog because of his queer-sounding lbw appeals; his brother Peter is Big Dog.
    1953
    Three figures in short pants
    At age nine, he takes all 10 wickets and scores 117 (111 out of 120 at one point) for Grey High School. Agrees to go and collect the ball himself after one of his sixes ends in a nearby cemetery.
    December 9, 1960
    First-class cricketer in the summer hols
    In a career distinguished by the precociousness, Pollock makes his first-class debut for Eastern Province at the age of 16, during his school's summer vacation. Playing against Border, he scores 54 in the only batting chance he gets in a nine-wicket win. A legspinner by then, he takes 2 for 52 in Border's second innings.
    January 28, 1961
    Youngest South African to score a hundred
    During a four-wicket win against Transvaal B, at 16, he becomes the youngest South African to score a first-class century, a record that stays until Daryll Cullinan takes it away in 1983-84.
    March 15-18, 1963
    Youngest South African double-centurion
    Against an International Cavaliers attack featuring Richie Benaud and Graham McKenzie, Pollock, at 19, becomes the youngest South African to score a double-century. Benaud calls the effort "magnificent".
    1963-64
    First Test tour
    Scores 25 on Test debut in Brisbane, followed by centuries in his third and fourth Tests, in Sydney and Adelaide, becoming the youngest South African to score a Test hundred, a record that still stands. In Adelaide, he shares a South African third-wicket partnership record of 341 with Eddie Barlow.
    1969-70
    Success before isolation
    Pollock's career progression has the makings of that of an all-time great when he takes on Australia in the home series, not knowing it will be his last Test series. He manages to break Jackie McGlew's record for the highest score by a South African when he scores 274 in Durban, another record that Cullinan would go on to break. At 26, his career is about to come to an end because of South Africa's sporting isolation in response to apartheid.
    April 1971
    Protest against apartheid
    Takes part in a protest against the government, along with Barry Richards and Mike Procter among others. During a match to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Republic of South Africa, the players from both teams walk off after one ball, issuing a joint statement that supports South African Cricket Association's application to invite non-whites to tour Australia, and also the idea that merit be the only criterion on the cricket field.
    October 19, 1974
    A-Lister
    While out of international cricket, Pollock continues playing unofficial Tests against breakaway teams and also domestic cricket. Playing in the Gillette Cup one-day competition, he scores the first List A double-century, 222 not out against Border in a 60-over match. It remains the highest individual List A score until Ali Brown surpasses it in 2002.
    1977
    Further disappointment
    News leaks that along with Barry Richards, Mike Procter and Eddie Barlow, Pollock has signed one of Kerry Packer's "lucrative contracts to play an eight-week series of matches throughout the world". Pollock, however, is not allowed to play because he is a South African and has zero county experience, which means he doesn't qualify as a "professional" cricketer. His three-year contract is paid out in full.
    1978-79
    New first-class experience
    Aged 34, changes teams, from Eastern Province to Transvaal, a move many think will enrich and extend his playing days.
    March 13-16, 1987
    All good things come to an end
    Calls time on a 27-year first-class career during which he scores 20,940 runs and 64 centuries. In his final match, against Western Province, he scores 4 and 63 in a draw that wins Transvaal the Castle Currie Cup.
    January 3, 2000
    South Africa's best
    Is named South Africa's Cricketer of the 20th Century by a panel appointed by the United Cricket Board. Says: "When you consider who did not make the final 10 and the stature of the other players who did make it, well it was a special thrill. I was quite relaxed and happy to be included in the final 10."
Country Fixtures Country Results
1st Youth Test: England U19 v S Africa U19 at Cambridge
Aug 1-4, 2014 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
3rd Place play-off: NPS v Sth Africa A at Darwin
Aug 2, 2014 (10:00 local | 00:30 GMT | 20:30 EDT | 19:30 CDT | 17:30 PDT)
1st unofficial Test: Australia A v Sth Africa A at Townsville
Aug 7-10, 2014 (09:30 local | 23:30 GMT | 19:30 EDT | 18:30 CDT | 16:30 PDT)
2nd Youth Test: England U19 v S Africa U19 at Northampton
Aug 7-10, 2014 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Only Test: Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare
Aug 9-13, 2014 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
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