Fri, Mar 26, 2004 - Page 24 News List

South Africa can't relax in third test with Kiwis


South Africa will need all its strength to stave off its first series defeat by New Zealand in the third cricket test starting at the Basin Reserve today.

"Each individual has to look at themselves and try to improve by a couple of percent and that gets the whole team up," said Proteas allrounder Shaun Pollock.

"We need one more last push and the guys are motivated to do that."

New Zealand took a 1-0 series lead when it won the second test at Auckland by nine wickets, after the first match at Hamilton was drawn.

The win was New Zealand's fourth in 29 matches against South Africa, its first at home and followed its 5-1 drubbing of the tourists in the one-day series.

Those defeats have sapped the confidence of the South Africans but Pollock, their former captain, said the series and tour could still be saved.

"We obviously aren't as happy as we could be about the bowling, there is no hiding from that, but we aren't happy with our all-around play either," he said.

"But we've still go an opportunity to turn it around and we have to focus on that. We know we can get it right and each of us has been there and done that before."

Pollock has a personal motivation to improve on his moderate form on tour. He became South Africa's leading wicket-taker in tests at Hamilton and is now aiming to join an exclusive group of all rounders who have 300 wickets and 3,000 runs in tests.

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