Pakistan tour to South Africa Preview

sddefaultThe upcoming series between the mighty Proteas and the Resurgent Pakistanis promises to be a captivating affair and one that will keep viewers glued to their seats. I can’t contain my excitement any longer and so I thought I’d put thumb to keyboard and get typing on something that I have a lot to talk about.

It’s no secret that SA had a very disappointing end to the NZ tour, which left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Luckily on the 1st of February 2013 this will all change when the Proteas take to the field again, and this time back in their precious whites with a red ball to hurtle at the unsuspecting Pakistani players faces at 150km/h.

You can be sure this is going to be a much more competitive series, not that its hard to achieve this when the last series SA played they never took to the field with the bat more than once in each test match. Now while it will be competitive, there just isn’t a test team in world cricket that can beat us at the moment, especially now that we’ve boycotted Kingsmead, because we all know how those test matches turned out.

Pakistan do have a few dangerous players lurking about in SA right now though, Mohammad Irfan for one, with a cricket ball in his hand would scare almost any living thing in SA, and that’s saying something because we have lions, cheetahs, rhinos, buffalo, Julius Malema, whose terrifying in his own right, all living in our beautiful country. Then their is the master spinner, Saeed Ajmal, whose capable of doing almost anything with a cricket ball in his hand, and compare him to the spinners we have to face in this country, it’s safe to say he will bring a whole new kettle of fish to the table for our batsmen.

So its looking like if Pakistan are to do well, they will need their bowlers to fire, and hope that by some miracle their batsmen will catch the likes of Steyn, Morkel, and Philander all on a bad day, or at least pray that Imran Tahir has to play in place of Peterson.

Its going to be more than difficult for the tourists to even make a contest of it though, especially if players life Faf and Amla continue their batting prowess, and Philander and Steyn continue taking wickets at an alarmingly fast rate, not to mention its all taking place in the number 1 team in the world’s home turf. But it will still be a refreshing sight to see a Test going the full 5 days, and to see 4 innings being played, and I look forward to the start of it all.

My prediction: SA to take the series 3-0 with a few close shaves here and their, but them finding a way to win like the best team should do.

Matthew Nepgen

@MatthewNepgen

 

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