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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 January 2008, 17:49 GMT
Smith salutes SA legend Pollock
Shaun Pollock
Pollock made an emotional exit from the Test arena
South Africa captain Graeme Smith paid tribute to Shaun Pollock after the all-rounder bowed out of Test cricket with a series victory over West Indies.

On his final day, 34-year-old Pollock dismissed Runako Morton to finish with 421 wickets from 108 Test matches.

"It's very important that people celebrate what he's given to South African cricket and what he's achieved as an individual," Smith said.

"He's an icon, he's up there with South Africa's greatest cricketers."

Smith's team bowled out West Indies for 317 on Saturday to come from 1-0 down and take the three-match series 2-1.

"To win the Test match in three days on a really good wicket, probably the best we've had in South Africa for a while, and to bowl as well as we did is all credit to the bowlers," he said.

We've shown we can be competitive, now it's a matter of becoming consistent

WI coach John Dyson

Pollock, the only South African to take more than 400 Test wickets, took just the one scalp on his final day.

"We're all sad and emotional. When you win a Test series you are buoyant, but there are a few other emotions in the dressing room at the moment. He deserves to be celebrated," Smith insisted.

Former Australia batsman John Dyson, in his first series as the Windies coach, admitted there was work to be done ahead of the one-day series and the home series with Sri Lanka.

"South Africa batted better than us, they've bowled better than us, and they've fielded better than us, but not by huge amounts," he said.

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Dyson was quick to praise South Africa paceman Dale Steyn, who took 6-72 in the second innings and finished with 20 wickets in the series.

"He gets the seam nice and upright, he gets good shape in the air, he hits good lengths, generates good speed and he's got variations that make him a very good bowler," he said.

Looking back on his first campaign at the helm, Dyson said: "I had so much different advice that I decided to come into it with a clear mind.

"I've definitely learned a lot. There is a load of potential, some very good skills and lots of talent. But there's a heck of a lot of work to be done to harness the talent and get them to produce regularly.

"We've shown we can be competitive, now it's a matter of becoming consistent."



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