WC 2003 - Run rate mix-up Pollocks fault: Unsympathetic Waugh

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2003, 21:56 [IST]
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Sydney: Steve Waugh says he has little sympathy for South African cricket captain Shaun Pollock following a communication breakdown that led to the Proteas' exit from the World Cup.South Africa was knocked out of the tournament when Mark Boucher was told the incorrect revised total his side needed to beat Sri Lanka in a rain-affected game at Durban.But Test skipper Waugh pulled no punches on Wednesday, saying there were no excuses.

"As a captain, you get the printout at the end of the innings so you know exactly what the situation is," Waugh told reporters."I think you can get it ball-by-ball so I find it hard to believe that they had a mix-up on that one."It was obviously a breakdown of communication but in these days of professional sport where you're being paid good money, you shouldn't really make that mistake.

"Boucher didn't realise he needed one run from the final ball of the 45th over for South Africa to beat Sri Lanka and reach the Super Sixes stage.Having already taken 13 runs from Muthiah Muralitharan's over, Boucher blocked the final ball, thinking the required total had been reached.Copyright AFP 2001

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