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Pollard to make amends for Strikers in BBL
Steve Larkin
13:06 AEST Wed Dec 12 2012

Explosive West Indian Kieron Pollard says he wants to make amends for the Adelaide Strikers during his stint in the Twenty20 Big Bash League.

Pollard was the Strikers' marquee signing last season but missed the tournament after tearing a hamstring at training days before the opening game.

"The disappointment last year, coming all the way and not being able to take part in games, is something that has been with me for the entire year so far," Pollard told reporters on arrival in Adelaide on Wednesday.

"Obviously I'm looking to try and make amends."

Big drawcard Pollard will debut for the Strikers in their home fixture against Brisbane Heat on Thursday night.

The 25-year-old had two T20 stints with South Australia before the tournament turned franchise-based and will play for the Strikers until early January, when he returns home for the West Indies' domestic T20 competition.

Renowned for his massive hitting, Pollard will front for the Strikers on Adelaide Oval, where boundaries have been reduced due to an ongoing $535 million redevelopment of the ground.

"Hopefully it's shorter and I can clear a few," he said.

"I'll try my best. But as they always say, once you hit it over the rope, you still get six. I don't want to hit a 100-metre six and then get caught on the boundary next ball.

"So I will try to equal them out so they will go the same distance and there will be more sixes."

But Pollard, who hasn't played a Test match but amassed a fortune as one of the world's highest-paid T20 cricketers, said he would forsake his power hitting if needed.

"It's just a matter of doing what thing is required at that point in time," he said.

"Whatever the situation is, going in in a crisis or going in a situation to win the game ... I'm just here to do my best as I have always done for the past couple of years."

Pollard will be pitted against his Windies' teammate Kemar Roach, a key Brisbane signing, on Thursday night.

The pair and other West Indians playing in the BBL have arrived in Australia from a tour of Bangladesh.

"The unique difference now is, coming from Bangladesh where the wickets were a bit low and slow, there is more bounce here," Pollard said.

"It's just a matter of me getting in, getting that start and hopefully carry the team to the end."


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