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    Shaun Pollock

    One of Saffers best players ever, consistent with his bowling, realible with his batting, but somehow when the best allrounders are mentioned he never gets a shout. Could it be that he was a bowling version of Kallis? http://www.espncricinfo.com/southafr...yer/46774.html
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    Yeah; a truly great player who was and is massively under-rated by the general cricket-following public. I've always felt he could be one whose legacy grows as the years pass; I think he'll be rated higher by the next generation of fans than he is by his own.

    More than a bowling Kallis I see him as a modern Hadlee, and most here will know how highly I think of Hadlee.
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    Under-rated by the majority

    Over-rated by CW's overreaction complex


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    it's the red hair
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    doesn't help having famous forebears either - dilutes the reputation

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    disagree i think the complaints about how under-rated he is is about spot on

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    SA were so lucky to gave him and Kallis at the same time. A top quality batting all rounder and a top quality bowling all rounder. It means that just about any team you then pick will be balanced. I can't think of any team that has been so fortunate in the all rounder department.

    I do think that they were counterparts of each other, and complemented each other beautifully. Kallis' bowling and Pollock's batting being of a comparable standard and vice versa.

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    If he looked more like Fonzie rather than Richie Cunningham...

    Nah, top chap, actually. Think as he gets more telly comm gigs his rep will go up; has exactly the right combo of enthusiasm for the game and an analytical eye. That he patently knows his onions will see a posthumous gloss added to his exploits.

    Shameful end to his captaincy career too. Carried the can for (IIRC) Boucher's inability to count properly. If memory serves Goughy (the poster, not the ex-fast bowler turned dancer/meeja know-nothing) is of the opinion the SA wanted to draw a line under the Cronje era and bring in a more malleable captain. One assumes they hadn't actually spoken to Smith beforehand. Despite his youth I can't see Fat Gray being anyone's front man.
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    ^ Always thought it was the change room misreading the DL charts, Boucher blameless

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    Always something missing to the guy for me... Never one of the 'Imran's' . But even to come near is a feat and a half.
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    I don't know how bad or stupid this will sound but I'd have Pollock on the same level as the Imrans, Bothams, Devs and Hadlees.

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    Shaun Pollock is one of those almost players for me. Almost a great bowler, almost a good batsman, not quite a genuine all-rounder. Fantastic cricketer but just not in the discussion for great all-rounders.

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    He does enter the discussion IMO. Beats every great all rounder hands down with his fielding, with exception of Sobers. With his credentials with bat and ball, it's enough to keep him among the elite.
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    The bloke has more than 400 wickets at a tick over 23 and he doesn't qualify as a great bowler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    The bloke has more than 400 wickets at a tick over 23 and he doesn't qualify as a great bowler?
    I probably meant it in a bit of a different sense than it usually is meant. There has been a lot of discussion who the ATG bowlers are. Names like Marshall, McGrath, Imran, Hadlee etc get thrown around and I don't think that he is quite in that company.

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