2 and 209 not out v International Cavaliers, Port Elizabeth, 1962-63
Pollock was a success in his first domestic season when an International Cavaliers side, featuring such bowlers as Richie Benaud and Graham McKenzie, came touring. The Eastern Province Invitation XI could score only 263 in the first innings, and fell behind by 138 runs. Then Pollock announced himself to the world. From 24 for 2 in the second innings, he scored 209 out of the 331 further runs. His innings gave Peter van der Merwe enough runs to declare, and Eastern Province nearly eked out a win
. Benaud described the innings as "magnificent", and later said, "I knew I was watching a champion."
122 and 42 v Australia, Sydney, 1963-64
Pollock was 19 when he was selected for the 1963-64 tour of Australia. He had a disappointing start to the tour, making 25 and 16 and 2 in the first two Tests. With questions raised over his place in the side before the Sydney Test
, he became the youngest South African to score a Test century. On a pitch generous enough with grass to see Australia bowled out for 260, Pollock produced an innings of fierce strokeplay. His 122 came out of 186 in three hours and 41 minutes; the second fifty of his century came in 17 scoring strokes. Don Bradman said, "Next time you decide to play like that, send me a telegram."
125 and 59 v England, Trent Bridge, 1965
In his autobiography, Pollock described the first-innings 125 at Trent Bridge
as his best knock. He came in at 16 for 2, saw the innings disintegrate to 80 for 5, and made 125 out of the 162 that were added while he batted. It was indeed one of the finest Test displays at the time. It was divided into two parts. In 70 minutes before lunch, Pollock felt his way tentatively while making 34. Afterwards he reigned supreme for 69 more minutes, while he lashed the bowling for 91 out of 102. For the most part his strokes were clean, and he offered no chance until Colin Cowdrey smartly held him at slip. Peter, Pollock's brother, followed his batting exploits with a 10-wicket haul to secure South Africa their first win in England in 10 years.
274 v Australia, Durban, 1969-70
During the whitewash of the best side of the time, Pollock broke Jackie McGlew's South African Test record of 255 in Durban
. It was also Pollock's first century at Kingsmead. He reached 100 in two hours and 50 minutes, and 200 in five hours and seven minutes; altogether he batted three minutes under seven hours. He hit one five and 43 fours. His concentration never wavered, and he attacked continuously and with merciless efficiency. About Pollock's partnership with Barry Richards, the opposing captain, Bill Lawry, said: "Never have I seen the ball hit with such power by two players at the same time."
222 not out v Border, East London, 1974-75
Pollock was before his time: he would have been a perfect fit in today's game. The timing of his strokes was exquisite, he could hit with real power, and his placement was unparalleled. Although he hit just 11 sixes in Tests, most of his big innings came at a high pace. In domestic one-day cricket, he set a record that took 27 years to break, coming in at 48 for 2 and scoring 222 out of the 324 subsequent runs in a 60-over match
. His knock is still the second-highest in all List A cricket.