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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 September 2007, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Morkel injury hands Pollock hope
South Africa's Shaun Pollock
Pollock was stunned when he was left out of the team
Shaun Pollock could be in line to play for South Africa in the first Test against Pakistan on Monday after all.

The all-rounder, 34, was dropped for the first time by his country for the opener in Karachi but paceman Morne Morkel was hurt in the final warm-up.

"Polly could play in the Test because Morkel needs a fitness Test on Sunday after he developed a niggle in his left foot," coach Mickey Arthur said.

Morkel bowled only seven overs after stepping on a pebble on the crease.

The 22-year-old made his Test debut against India earlier this year and is tipped to become Pollock's long-term successor.

But the former captain was unhappy about being overlooked after playing in 107 Tests, taking 416 wickets and scoring 3,781 runs.

Pollock struggled for pace in the World Twenty20 but said: "I am surprised and disappointed at not being considered because I know what I can still do and what my job is.

606: DEBATE

"But obviously no individual is bigger than South African cricket or the team and it is a decision of the captain and coach that I have to respect.

"Mickey still feels I have a right to play, especially in South Africa where pitches are more conducive. Personally I don't think my job on the flat subcontinent pitches is over."

Star all-rounder Jacques Kallis, meanwhile, returns after being left out of the Proteas squad for the World Twenty20, while spinner Paul Harris is also set to play.

Pakistan will be without former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, who have asked not to be considered.

Inzamam, 37, has played 119 Tests and needs 21 runs to break Javed Miandad's Pakistan record of 8,832 Test runs.

He retired from one-day international cricket after the World Cup in March but indicated he would continue playing Test matches.

However, Pakistan chief of selectors Salahuddin Ahmed said: "I spoke to him and asked him about his availability, but he said not to consider him for personal reasons.

"He will obviously be considered if he wants to play in the second match."

Afridi has asked for a period of rest to allow him to fast during the holy month of Ramadan and will miss both of the two scheduled Tests.

"He will be in consideration for the one-day series," added Salahuddin.

Afridi, 27, has played 26 Tests and 240 one-dayers for Pakistan and was awarded the man-of-the-series for his performances in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa.

Batsman Misbah-ul-Haq has been recalled after a four-year absence from Test cricket.

The 33-year-old last played against Bangladesh in Karachi in August, 2003 but was the highest scorer in the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.


Pakistan squad: Shoaib Malik (Capt), Salman Butt, Taufeeq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Faisal Iqbal, Yasir Hameed, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Rehman, Rao Iftikhar.

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