have a feeling SA is much tougher mentally after the away wins to Eng and especially Aus where they were on the back for a lot of the series they might have just overcome the random home losses.
My prediction 2-0 to SA but certainly Pakistan have the ability to pick up a win. Think this will be a very competitive series. Also none of the teams will be under much pressure, isnt it? Pakistan coming off a series win against India and also no one expecting Pakistan to win the series so it's all to play for and SA proved against England and Australia.
yeah, at this point in time it is difficult to see Pak winning given how their bowling pans out.
PEWS thinks Pakistan's bowling will suck in SA conditions. Not sure about that. It could be like the 2010 Pak-Eng series. Where the bowlers from both sides wreak havoc. SA batting to carry the day for their side
was checking out Hashim Amla's record.....good to see he hasn't done quite as well against us
Batting records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo
not sure what he's gonna do this time though
Not a test match bro.
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.
That's what I would do but unfortunately I know how much of 'thinking' misbah puts behind his decisions so the top order that he is more likely to play is going to be
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