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Pollock keeps faith in batsmen

Colombo, Sept. 14 (Reuters): South African captain Shaun Pollock said he will keep faith with his top-order batsmen despite a patchy performance in their opening Champions Trophy match against the West Indies.

Pollock acknowledged his side got off to a less than ideal start to the pool III match on Friday as they slumped to 61 for three before rallying to claim a thrilling last-ball victory by two wickets.

“Up front we need to get off to a good start,” Pollock told reporters. “We’ve discussed it with the guys and we had some good discussions but sometimes things don’t go for you.

“That’s not all of a sudden a reason to change your game-plan, to try and change again and panic.”

However, with the pitches in Sri Lanka looking similar, one way around the problem would be to use a pinch-hitter like Lance Klusener or Nicky Boje. “I know the guys will come right,” he said.

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