Originally Posted by Bouncer
I would not play Irfan in a 5 day game yet - It just takes toooo much on one's body, and Irfan doesnt have the body for it IMO.
I would go and open the bowling with Junaid and Ahsan (lets see what the new guy is made out of, there is a lot of hype about this guy - a lot. Even I liked little bit that I saw in him in U19 WC).
Bowling line up with Junaid/Ahsan/Gul/Ajmal/Rehman and Hafeez just sounds super nice.
Battingwise, I would go outside the box and open with Taufeeq and Nasir, play hafeez at asad's spot
- We get to give nasir a chance when he is in form and have him open the inning.
- Nasir is far more likely to be comfortable against pace and new ball than hafeez.
- Protect hafeez from new ball and bouncy SA conditions and have him come to bat with an older ball in operation.
Wouldn't go in with 5 bowlers, especially when your keeper is not exactly the best batsmen going around and you have a decent option in Hafeez. Makes the lineup way too fragile. Rehman will have to sit this one out unfortunately.