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banner Tuesday, 20 November, 2001, 16:27 GMT
Pollock: We need to adapt
Rahul Dravid was untroubled by the SA bowlers
Rahul Dravid was untroubled by the SA bowlers
Shaun Pollock said his bowlers must find a way of taking wickets when the conditions are not ideal after a largely fruitless final day in Port Elizabeth.

The South African skipper and his cohort of seamers - plus spinner Nicky Boje - could only remove two batsmen on a day which started with the home side eyeing another Test win.

That would have given Pollock's side an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, with just the Centurion Park game left.

Pollock said: "We had obviously dominated the Test match for most of it but were unable to finish them off.

"I think the ball got a little bit softer and it's always hard to make the wicket do much on the last day but it's a pretty disappointing result.


"It's a little bit of a concern. You have to learn to adapt in all conditions and make an impact on all surfaces whether they are green or not."

Pollock himself excepted, Boje, Nantie Hayward and Makhaya Ntini have often looked innocuous for sustained periods of time.

South Africa are obviously missing Allan Donald with the six Tests against Australia not that far away.

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was keen to distance himself from the bans - suspended or otherwise - dished out to six players including himself.

Big day

He said: "It was an important day for us. We just decided we would play to our best potential. I just thought if we could bat well we could see out the day."

Herschelle Gibbs, named man of the match for his 196 at the start of the match, said Morne du Plessis, who he has seen for "life skills" classes, had been a useful mentor.

Gibbs said: "Having played international rugby he knows what is required to achieve one's full potential."

Gibbs was instructed to attend the life skills programme after being caught smoking marijuana on a tour of the West Indies.

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