Centurion: South African captain Shaun Pollock said on Friday his players were not fully motivated on the first day of their unofficial Test against India at Centurion Park outside Pretoria."It takes a bit of the edge off," Pollock said at the end of the first day of the third unofficial Test against India, following the International Cricket Council's (ICC) refusal to award it Test status. Pollock also said he did not support moves by the by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) to have the match reinstated as a Test. "I don't think that will happen and I don't think it should. You need to know before the start of the game what it stands for," he said following the row over match referee Mike Denness' barring to officiate by South African cricket authorities. Pollock quipped that the low intensity of appealing on the first day was a follow-up to the punishment of six Indian players by Denness during the second Test in Port Elizabeth. "Its a little more relaxed out there because it's not a Test match. The guys aren't motivated to give 100 percent as they would be if it was a full-scale international," Pollock said. Pollock said the players had not been consulted before the UCBSA decided to prevent Denness from taking up his duties as match referee. It was that action which led the ICC to strip the game of its Test status. The South African captain said, however, that the players still wanted to put in good performances ahead of their departure on a three-Test tour of Australia next weekend. "Its great practice for Australia and we are motivated to do well as we are in any first-class game. Its difficult to rate the intensity on a scale - its just under where Test cricket would be," he said.
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