The South African cricket displayed an absolutely dominant performance against Pakistan in the test series, sealing a remarkable 3-0 whitewash. Now, the visitors will seek redemption when they take to the field at Port Elizabeth on Saturday for the first One Day International (ODI). Also Read - Sri Lanka Batsman Lahiru Thirimanne And Head Coach Mickey Arthur Test Positive For Coronavirus
The series is a great platform for both the sides to experiment on various tactics and combinations and narrow down on what’s best, ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. Also Read - Misbah-ul-Haq Justifies Stand on Dropping Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir For New Zealand Tour, Says 'We Wanted to Invest in Emerging Talent'
Pakistan’s primary concern would be their sluggish batting line-up. In the tests, the batsmen did not display the desired performance but the visitors would bank on the experienced Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez alongside bright young talent in the likes of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam. Also Read - NZ vs PAK 2020: Pakistan Exclude Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir And Asad Shafiq From 35-member Squad For New Zealand Tour
Ahead of the match, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur stressed the need for his side to brush up on their skills. “We have to have our skill set perfect to manage the bouncing ball. I want to get our batsmen into Australia three or four weeks early to have camped there to get them ready”, he said.
South Africa have included two uncapped players in their side in the likes of Rassie van der Dussen and Duanne Olivier. In the test series, Oliver displayed a great performance after he was introduced in place of Dale Steyn, who was rested. His good performances have boosted the chance of his inclusion in the World Cup. However, Olivier maintained that he is not thinking too far ahead.
Another addition in the South African line-up will be batsman Aiden Markram, who replaces Quinton de Kock.
South African Team Possible XI: Amla, Hendricks, Markram, Faf(C), Klassen(WK), Miller, Phehlukwayo, Rabada, Paterson, Olivier, and Tahir.
Pakistan Team Possible XI: Imam, Zaman, Azam, Hafeez, Malik, Sarfraz(C&WK), Shadab, Faheem/Imad, Hasan Ali, Amir, and Shaheen Afridi.
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