New Zealand v South Africa, 2nd Test, Auckland

Pollock becomes South Africa's leading wicket-taker

Wisden Cricinfo staff

March 19, 2004

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Shaun Pollock leaps for joy with his 331st wicket © AFP
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Shaun Pollock overtook Allan Donald as South Africa's leading wicket-taker in Tests on a day when little else went right against New Zealand at Auckland.

Pollock's landmark came when he had the opener Michael Papps caught by Nicky Boje for a duck. It was his 331st wicket, putting him 15th on the alltime list: his next target is Dennis Lillee, with 355.

"It [the ball] was coming out sweet from the start," said Pollock. "I was feeling really relaxed and the conditions suited me, I just knew Papps would be my man. I'm really chuffed about it. When you start your career you concentrate really hard on getting your first wicket. Now I've beaten someone like Allan Donald.

"In a way, it's sad to go better than someone's record like that, but I'm glad I've done it and now I'll concentrate on trying to win the match."

But the early breakthrough was followed by frustration as New Zealand reached 201 for 3 in reply to South Africa's 296 on the second day of the second Test. Pollock finished the day with 1 for 31.

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