It is much better than winning a Test match: Pollock

Ecstatic after the birth of his first child, a baby girl, former South African captain Shaun Pollock termed the experience as "much better than winning a Test match."

He was speaking at Durban's private Parklands Hospital where his wife, Tricia, gave birth to a baby girl on August 21. The baby, weighed 3.5 kg at birth, has been named Jemma Leigh.

The 30-year old Pollock, who was part of the South African side, returned home mid-way through the Test series in England to be at his pregnant wife's side. He missed the fourth Test against England. "I wouldn't have missed the birth of my child for the work," said Pollock.

"You have to make a number of sacrifices when you become an international sportsman. Not being able to come home for important events is often one of them. Watching the birth was helluva exciting. It was much better than winning a Test. It was real human stuff. It's something we will cherish for the rest of our lives."

He said he wanted to thank the United Cricket Board of South Africa for allowing him to return home and to be with his wife. Pollock said he would remain with his wife for the rest of the time until he returns. He said the baby was healthy and the mother was recovering well.