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Pollock suggests AB should return to Tests

Author: Micayla Vellai Updated: 13:15 10-08-2017

England sealed a 3-1 series victory after a 177-run win over South Africa in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

The Proteas have seen a disastrous England tour, losing the ODI series, the T20I series, a first round ICC Champions Trophy exit and the 3-1 Test series loss.

Moeen Ali claimed five wickets and title of ‘Man of the Series’ as the Proteas struggled to make a 380 score. Hashim Amla, who made 83, showed a noteworthy effort to keep the pace but after he fell out, his side lost their last seven wickets for 39 runs.

Although Test captain Faf du Plessis claimed that Vernon Philander’s lack of fitness was a major reason why they lost to England, former Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock says that the CSA must persuade AB de Villiers to return to Test cricket.

Pollock said on the Cricket Writers podcast:

"But I definitely think they've got to go down the route of trying to convince AB de Villiers, even if it is just for six months for those two big tours, that he needs to make himself available”

"Then, the next step would be to try and find someone consistent at the top of the order. I think those are the two big challenges for the South Africans."

"[The Proteas batsmen] have been disappointing, even the form players have shown little bits and pieces of what they're capable of, but no one really has gone and gotten big scores consistently," Pollock concluded.

This will be England's first home Test series win against South Africa since 1998 as they march on to their next assignment in a three-Test series against West Indies at Edgbaston on 17 August.

Published: 09:45 08-08-2017

Posted by on August 8, 2017.

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