South Africa look set to recall veteran all rounder, and record wicket taker, Shaun Pollock, for the series deciding Test against the West Indies. The crucial Test, with the teams locked at 1-1 going into the final game, is the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, in Durban, Pollocks home ground. While many expected Pollock to be recalled at the expense of Dale Steyn, who bowled through injury in the final innings of South Africa’s 7 wicket win last week, it now seems that Pollock will replace spinner Paul Harris. Kingsmead has seldom offered anything for spin bowlers, and with the recent rainy weather, should have a bit off the deck for seam bowlers. Should Steyn not be fit to play his place will go to Monde Zondeki, the Cobra’s fast bowler who has claimed over 50 wickets in 8 matches this season. Herchelle Gibbs will return to the team, opening with Smith, after being dropped for last weeks match, with Neil Mckenzie, Gibbs replacement, tearing a muscle and ruled out for up to 6 weeks. The West Indies will be without captain Chris Gayle, through injury, and will be led by all rounder Dwayne Bravo.
Former South African batsman, and now commentator, Darryl Cullinan has been banned from commentating on any matches for the foreseeable future. Cullinan, who has worked for Super Sport since his retirement from the game has found himself in hot water as a result of taking up a coaching post in the rebel Indian Cricket League. The reason being given is that the ban imposed by CSA (Cricket South Africa) for any cricketers taking part in the rebel league, includes journalists. How Cullinans job as a journalist fits into the spectrum of CSA baffles me. The TV commentary will prove to be bland without Cullinans forth right and insightful views. It will be interesting to see how the Ausies deal with Tony Greg after his role in the ICL.
Following the political and social disruptions in Pakistan, there are now plans for the ICC Champions Trophy, scheduled for Pakistan in September, to be switched to South Africa. This follows security fears laid out by players, most recently Andrew Symonds of Australia, who are due to tour Pakistan soon. South Africa, who held a very successful T20 Championships a few months ago are on stand by and have the necessary infrastructure and plans to hold a successful tournament at short notice.