List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Shaun Pollock

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Shaun Pollock pictured in 2005

Shaun Pollock is a former South African cricketer who took 21 five-wicket hauls during his career in international cricket. A five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")[1] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[2] and as of 2014, 41 bowlers have taken at least 15 five-wicket hauls at the international level.[3][4][N 1] With 829 wickets at the international level, Pollock is South Africa's most prolific wicket-taker.[5] The Wisden Cricketers' Almanack described him as "one of the most balanced cricketers to represent South Africa in the modern era" and named him one of their "Cricketers of the Year" alongside four other players in 2003.[6] With fellow cricketer Allan Donald, he formed a formidable bowling partnership and the duo were mainly responsible for many of South Africa's key victories in the late 1990s.[7]

Pollock made his Test debut against England in November 1995. He picked up his first five-wicket haul during the fifth match of the same series. In January 1998, Pollock took a career-best figure of 7 wickets for 87 runs against Australia, bowling 41 overs.[6] His figures of 6 wickets for 30 runs, against Sri Lanka, in January 2001 are the best by a South African captain.[8] In Tests, he has taken fifers against all cricketing nations with the exception of Bangladesh, and is most successful against West Indies with four fifers.

Pollock's One Day International (ODI) debut was against England in January 1996, capturing four wickets for 34 runs and was named "Man of the match".[9] However, it took another three years to pick up a fifer, this time against the West Indies when he picked up six wickets for 35 runs in a math which South Africa lost.[10] With five fifers in ODIs, he has the highest number of fifers than any other South African bowler, and ninth in the all-time list.[11] Pollock played 12 Twenty20 Internationals between 2005 and 2008. He never managed to take a fifer in this format; his best bowling figures remain 3 wickets for 28 runs.[12]

Key

Symbol Meaning
Date Day the Test started or ODI took place
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Result Result for the South African team
dagger Pollock was named "man of the match"
double-dagger 10 or more wickets taken in the match
Five-wicket hauls in Test cricket
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 January 2, 1996 Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town  England 3 15.5 32 5 2.02 Won[13]
2 October 24, 1997 Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad  Pakistan 4 11 37 5 3.36 Won[14]
3 January 30, 1998 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  Australia 2 41 87 7 2.12 Drawn[15]
4 February 26, 1998 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban  Pakistan 3 22.3 50 6 2.22 Lost[16]
5 August 6, 1998 Headingley, Leeds  England 3 35 53 5 1.51 Lost[17]
6 November 26, 1998 The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg  West Indies 1 23 54 5 2.34 Won[18]
7 December 10, 1998 St George's Park, Port Elizabeth  West Indies 2 13.3 43 5 3.18 Won[19]
8 December 26, 1998 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban  West Indies 3 27 83 5 3.07 Won[20]
9 March 18, 1999 Basin Reserve, Wellington  New Zealand 1 28.3 33 5 1.15 Won[21]
10 October 29, 1999 Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein  Zimbabwe 1 21 39 5 1.85 Won[22]
11 January 2, 2001 Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town  Sri Lanka 1 13.4 30 6 2.19 Won[23]
12 April 19, 2001 Sabina Park, Kingston  West Indies 1 26.5 28 5 1.04

Cameron Cuffy

Lost[24]
13 November 3, 2001 Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein  India 3 21.4 56 6 2.58 Won[25]
14 November 16, 2001 Port Elizabeth  India 2 16 40 5 2.5 Drawn[26]
15 August 14, 2003 Trent Bridge, Nottingham  England 3 17.4 39 6 2.2 Lost[27]
16 October 24, 2003 Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad  Pakistan 2 29.2 78 6 2.65 Drawn[28]

One Day Internationals

Five-wicket hauls in One Day Internationals
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 January 24, 1999 Buffalo Park, East London  West Indies 1 10 35 6 3.5 Lost[29]
2 June 17, 1999 Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham  Australia 1 9.2 36 5 3.85 Tie[30]
3 February 13, 2000 dagger The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg  England 2 9 20 5 2.22 Won[31]
4 October 10, 2001 SuperSport Park, Centurion  India 1 9.5 37 5 3.76 Lost[32]
5 February 14, 2007 dagger New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg  Pakistan 1 10 23 5 2.3 Won[33]

References

Notes

  1. ^ The five-wicket haul is defined by the accumulative sum of all formats of the game.

Citations

  1. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-25. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ... 
  2. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Records – Test matches – Bowling records – Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "One-Day Internationals: Bowling Records – Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Records / Combined Test, ODI and T20I records / Bowling records / Most wickets in career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Manthorp, Neil. "Five cricketers of the year, 2003 - Shaun Pollock". Wisden. reprinted by ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Shaun Pollock". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Best figures in a innings by a captain". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "England in South Africa ODI Series - 1st ODI". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "West Indies in South Africa ODI Series - 2nd ODI". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Records / One-Day Internationals / Bowling records / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / SM Pollock / Twenty20 Internationals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "5th Test: South Africa v England at Cape Town, Jan 2–4, 1996 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  14. ^ "3rd Test: Pakistan v South Africa at Faisalabad, Oct 24–27, 1997 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  15. ^ "3rd Test: Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Jan 30 – Feb 3, 1998 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  16. ^ "2nd Test: South Africa v Pakistan at Durban, Feb 26 – Mar 2, 1998 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  17. ^ "5th Test: England v South Africa at Leeds, Aug 6–10, 1998 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  18. ^ "1st Test: South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, Nov 26–30, 1998 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  19. ^ "2nd Test: South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, Dec 10–12, 1998 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  20. ^ "3rd Test: South Africa v West Indies at Durban, Dec 26–29, 1998 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  21. ^ "3rd Test: New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 18–22, 1999 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  22. ^ "1st Test: South Africa v Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein, Oct 29 – Nov 1, 1999 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  23. ^ "2nd Test: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Cape Town, Jan 2–4, 2001 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  24. ^ "5th Test: West Indies v South Africa at Kingston, Apr 19–23, 2001 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  25. ^ "1st Test: South Africa v India at Bloemfontein, Nov 3–6, 2001 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  26. ^ "2nd Test: South Africa v India at Port Elizabeth, Nov 16–20, 2001 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  27. ^ "3rd Test: England v South Africa at Nottingham, Aug 14–18, 2003 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  28. ^ "2nd Test: Pakistan v South Africa at Faisalabad, Oct 24–28, 2003 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  29. ^ "2nd ODI: South Africa v West Indies at East London, Jan 24, 1999 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  30. ^ "2nd SF: Australia v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 17, 1999 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  31. ^ "Final: South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Feb 13, 2000 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  32. ^ "3rd Match: South Africa v India at Centurion, Oct 10, 2001 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  33. ^ "5th ODI: South Africa v Pakistan at Johannesburg, Feb 14, 2007 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
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