Test on TV: Polly's empty-stadium sorrow

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Former Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock (Gallo)
Former Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock (Gallo)
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Shaun Pollock's sound, detailed insight only blossoms in the cricket commentary booth.

The now 48-year-old veteran of a massive 108 Test and 303 ODI appearances for South Africa - you must learn something from those times, yes? - has been a prolific figure behind the SuperSport microphone in the early stages of the five-day series against the touring Indians.

During a session on day four of the first Test at Centurion, Pollock was fittingly asked, as the cameras panned to the sun-baked but conspicuously vacant grass banks, by neutral co-commentator Mark Nicholas to sum up the level to which the Proteas are being hampered by the enforced absence of home fans.

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