South Africa in New Zealand, 2003-04 February 21, 2004

Pollock injury adds to South Africa's woes

Wisden Cricinfo staff

After their narrow defeat in the third one-dayer at Wellington, South Africa have had more bad news with Shaun Pollock likely to miss the next match on Tuesday at Dunedin with a groin strain.

There are also worries about Lance Klusener, who missed the last match with a sore back, and Albie Morkel, who has a bad hip.

Graeme Smith, South Africa's captain, admitted his team were feeling the effects of a hectic schedule over the past 16 months, which has included the World Cup, a tour of England and a home series against West Indies.

"We realise there's a month and a half still to go here, the guys are tired and carrying niggles, and there is some flu around the team," Smith said. "We've got to dig a little deeper and it's no excuse."