Peter Pollock

Peter Maclean Pollock was born on the 30th of June 1941 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa. His parents have some Scottish origin, especially his father Andrew Pollock, who was born in Edinburgh and moved to present-day South Africa. Peter also had siblings, his brother Graeme Pollock was a regular player for the South Africa cricket team at the same time as Peter. Peter, together with his brother, attended famous for its sporting achievements Grey High School. At school, he opened both the batting and the bowling and it was a sharp disappointment to him when the coach, George Cox, of Sussex, advised him to concentrate on bowling, saying he would never be a great batsman.

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His debut happened in 1961 in Durban, during the game against New Zealand in which Peter took six wickets in the second innings. In the 1960’s, he took the position as South Africa's leading bowler. He played every Test between 1962 and 1970. The peak of his career was in 1965, when he and his brother were playing in a Test match at Trent Bridge. During the match, Peter took ten wickets with innings figures of 5 for 53 and 5 for 34. His brother Graeme, batting, made 125 and 59. The result of the game was a victory of South Africa. There was also a victory of the three-Test series.

Peter was voted a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1966. He was primarily a fast bowler, but was also a useful late-order batsman. Pollock brothers became the leading figures in a protest against apartheid and political interference in cricket. As the result, they were involved in the famous Walk-off at Newlands in 1971. In the 1990’s, just after the re-admittance into cricket world, Peter became a convenor of selectors for South Africa.

Among his achievements, there is an establishing of the work ethic and style of play that was based on tight fast bowling. This success led the team to the top in the game. Later, in consequence of all Peter’s effort, he became an Honorary Life Member of the MCC. Peter was not only a former cricketer, he was also a journalist and company director. There is no updating information about his net worth and salary.

As to the personal life in his biography, Peter is married. He and his wife have children. Their son, Shaun Pollock, is one of the finest all-rounders who ever played the game. He played 108 Tests and over 300 ODIs for South Africa. As to Peter’s religion, he is now an international evangelist. He has written books on cricket and Christian belief. Here is some of his works: Bouncers and Boundaries (with Graeme Pollock) (1968), The Thirty Tests (1978), Clean Bowled (1985), God's Fast Bowler (2001), The Winning Factor (2004), Into the Light (2012). Peter has his own batting style, he is right-handed batsman, and his bowling style – right-arm fast. His two nephews also played first-class cricket, both for Transvaal and Leicestershire amongst other sides.

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 30 Jun, 1941
Age: 78 yrs
Occupations: Cricketer
Citizenship: South Africa
Birth Place: Pietermaritzburg
Education: Grey High School
Gender: Male
Description: South African cricketer
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Last Modified: Jun 27 2020
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