Radford praises Pollard's fight

Melbourne, Australia – Kieron Pollard has come in for great praise following his back-to-the-wall century for West Indies against Australia in the fourth One-Day International at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday night.

The powerfully-built six-footer made 109 not out to pull the Windies around from 98-7 in the 32nd over. His heroic innings ensure the visitors were able to reach 220 all out as he engineered a lower-order resilience which saw the last three wickets put on 122 runs.

He smashed 11 fours and two monstrous sixes – one of which cleared long-on and struck a security officer on the head. Pollard’s magic however could not prevent the West Indies losing their fourth match of the series.

Toby Radford, the West Indies Assistant Coach, described Pollard as a fighter and said the way he battled after being struck on the fingers early in his innings and they go on to0 reach a century would work wonders for his development.

“Pollard innings was excellent and to be able to get us up to 220 was excellent from him. He played really well and continues to play really well for us. It was a really fine performance and that is what you can expect from the big guy. He works very hard and it’s good to see him getting some success for all the work he has been putting in,” Radford said of Pollard’s Man-of-the-Match performance.

It was Pollard’s third century for the West Indies, second against from Australia and second away from home. His maiden century was 119 against India in Chennai in December 2011. The other was a match-winning 102 off 70 balls against the Aussies in St Lucia last March.

“I’m sure he would like to play in all formats. He has made his name so far in the Big Bash, the Indian Premier League and other forms of T20 cricket but I’m sure he would like to play in all formats of the game,” Radford added.

“One of the disappointments we have had on this tour was that at 150-3 in [second match] in Perth and we felt we should have won that match and that would have made it one-all. I know that Polly [Pollard] was disappointed with the way he got out and I’m sure he came back to show he can work the ball around and it’s not all about big hitting from him.”

The two teams travelled to Melbourne on Saturday where they will play the fifth and final One-Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. First ball in the day/night contest is 2:20 pm.

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 11:45