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Last Updated:  Friday, 3 January, 2003, 16:22 GMT

Shaun Pollock
Born: 16/7/73
Teams: KwaZulu-Natal, Warwickshire
ODI debut: 9/1/96
Past World Cups: 1996, 1999

Right-arm fast-medium bowler
Right-handed batsman

Given his cricketing pedigree, it is not surprising that Pollock has earned a reputation as one of the best all-rounders in the world.

Son of former South African fast bowler Peter and nephew of left-handed great Graeme Pollock, the national skipper hopes to become the first man to lead his country to World Cup victory.

Pollock made his international debut in 1995/96 and has since proved indispensible as both a batsman and a bowler.

His graceful skill with a bat is matched with an amazing ability to consistently bowl the ball painfully close to the stumps, giving very little away in line and length.

The KwaZulu-Natal player averages around 23 with the ball and has taken more than 10 four-wicket hauls in his one-day international career, including four for 32 against Australia last March.

Since having the captaincy thrust upon him in April 2000, the three-time national player of the year has risen to the leadership challenge in style, instilling new confidence and success in the side.

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