Pollock, Nel injuries worry South Africa

Cape Town , March 15:

South Africa’s euphoria after their victory in what has been hailed as the greatest one-day game of all time was officially declared over by coach Mickey Arthur ahead of the first Test against Australia starting at Newlands on Thursday.

“We spent the morning talking about it,” said Arthur. “We had our pyschologist in, reiterating team values and getting our feet back on the ground.”

“The guys had to be brave and it’s shown them what can actually be achieved. We’ll probably never recapture that moment but the fear of failure went out the window on Sunday for our batters.”

South Africa have two major injury worries, with veteran bowler Shaun Pollock and fast bowling firebrand Andre Nel both on the doubtful list.

Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist said he did not believe the tourists would be adversely affected by Sunday’s shock result. “We’ll be fine. It won’t affect the way we prepare for a Test match.”