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SA vs WI ODI: Smith backs Pollock to shine

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South Africa captain Graeme Smith wants to see Shaun Pollock's international career end on a high as the all-rounder prepares for his final series.

The first one-day international against West Indies begins in Centurion on Sunday and looks set to be an emotional occasion after Pollock announced his retirement last week.

That revelation came as South Africa were completing a come-from-behind win against the Windies in the recent Test series.

And Smith is confident Pollock can put his emotions to one side and help the Proteas record a similar result in the limited-overs series.

He told The Times - Interact with us "Shaun himself manages it very well - he's been very professional and clear about the way things need to be in the dressing-room.

"His maturity shines through once again. We obviously want to send him off in the right way.

"We have huge respect for what Shaun has given us over time, as a player and as a person, and we want to see him celebrated in the right way. So we want to give him the performances that are due to him.

"But it's also important for us to keep our heads straight and keep the emotion out of the games."

Batsman AB de Villiers insists South Africa will not underestimate their opponents, despite the innings-and-100-run victory which sealed their 2-1 Test series win last week.

"They are more of a one-day side," he told IOL: News for South Africa and the World. "They've got destructive players up front with the bat and they've got a good bowling attack.

"They are a team that can really take us on in the one-day format. They do blow hot and cold, and we play consistent cricket especially at home, so that will make things interesting."
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