Pollock: Steyn on the brink of record


Former South Africa allrounder Shaun Pollock believes fast bowler Dale Steyn will go past his national Test record of 421wickets if he can stay fit for all the matches in the upcoming four-match series against England.

Pollock, who retired from Test cricket in 2008, took 421 wickets in 108 matches in the longest format, including 16 five-wicket hauls.

Steyn is currently on 402 wickets in 81 Tests, and if he plays in all four games against the Three Lions should be close to beating Pollock.

Pollock said: "There's no way I'm going to hang on to that record. He probably averages four, maybe five wickets a Test match.

"Work it out, if he plays all four Tests he should be close. For his sake I would love him to do it on South African soil, it would be special to him."

A former right-arm seamer, Pollock also said that the Proteas management might decide to go with Kyle Abbott as the third seamer for the first two Tests against England, ahead of Kagiso Rabada, because of his performances in the recent Tests in India.

Pollock continued: "Initially I think they'll go with Kyle Abbott because he was superb when he got his chance in Delhi. But Rabada is a real find and he will go from strength to strength.

"He has been awesome in the one-day arena, and when he gets back to our pitches in South Africa he could be a real handful."