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Pollock joins elite group of seven

ST. JOHN'S (ANTIGUA), APRIL 11. South Africa's Shaun Pollock became only the seventh captain to lead a touring team to a series victory in the Caribbean when his side beat West Indies by 82 runs in the fourth Test on Tuesday.

The South Africans won the second Test in Trinidad by 69 runs after draws in the first Test in Guyana and the third match in Barbados. They can now equal the worst defeat ever suffered by the West Indies on home soil by winning the final Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica in two weeks time.

Three Australians, two Englishmen and an Indian have won a series in the Caribbean. However, Pollock becomes just the second man to do it in the last 27 years after Mark Taylor's success with Australia in the 1994-95 season.

The first captain to win in the West Indies was Australia's Ian Johnson. He is also one of only two men to win a series by more than one Test after triumphing 3-0 in a five-match rubber in the 1954-55 season. The other was countryman Ian Chappell who won 2-0 in the 1972-73 season.

Touring captains to win in the Caribbean: 1954-55, Ian Johnson, Australia, 3-0 (5); 1959-60, Peter May, England, 1-0 (5); 1967- 68, Colin Cowdrey, England, 1-0 (5); 1970-71, Ajit Wadekar, India, 1-0 (5); 1972-73, Ian Chappell, Australia, 2-0 (5); 1994- 95, Mark Taylor, Australia, 2-1 (4).

- Reuters

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