I expect plenty of low scores too - from Pakistan. :p
I would be absolutely amped for this series if it was in the UAE; seeing how this South African side would go with Robbie P when he needed to be a main wicket taking threat, the intriguing battle between Ajmal/Rehman and the South African top/middle order on turning tracks, Philander having to play on less helpful wickets, Steyn out his fix his record there etc etc. The difference between the sides would really be nullified; it'd be an absolute cracker. I'm really not expecting too much from it as a contest here though; I'm just hoping Junaid and Azhar Ali do well, and that I get to see Kallis play a long innings or two, really.
As already mentioned, I would also like to see Jamshed opening the batting and Hafeez to drop down. With already Azhar, Younus and Misbah there, it will only strengthen the middle order and also likely to less expose the lower order with Sarfraz there.
I agree with PEWS but who knows we may get lucky with some dry weather and a late summer wicket in of the tests and suddenly Pakistan might come in to their own however yeah even one Pakistan win at the moment is long odds. I am encouraged by Swann, Hearth and Bhajji returns in their last tour could mean Ajmal or possibly Rehman might be more of a threat. Also I would eat my hat if Gul averages under 40 for the series.
yeah I rate Asad could be one of the higher scorers for Pakistan in this series.
at least some of hafeez's brain is in the right place
Pakistan ready for South Africa, says Hafeez | Cricket | DAWN.COM
“I think Test cricket produces good-quality cricketers, like we have found Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq from Test cricket. We need to promote Test cricket – if we play only six Tests in a year then it will be tough.
“I think the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) needs to fight for more Tests in the next fixture because you get quality cricketers from Test cricket,” Hafeez said.
Why isn't there a poll yet? 3-0 for Pak. :D
I remember the poll pre England series, Hilarious results in that end.