The Proteas are without question the best Test team in world cricket right now, and they have a rare opportunity to end their summer undefeated when they square off against Pakistan in the 3rd and final Test in Centurion.
The Proteas have an unassailable 2-0 lead going into the match, and a win will see them ending their summer with 2 consecutive whitewashes after they swept past New Zealand earlier this year. In saying this however, the 3rd Test sees Pakistan with their best opportunity to get a victory before the one dayers begin.
They are as familiar with the conditions as they are ever going to be, and the teams performance at Newlands will definitely give them the confidence and belief that they can dethrone the unstoppable looking Proteas setup. Not only that, but the Proteas will also be without Morne Morkel for the Centurion Test, and while they have a more than decent enough replacement in Rory Kleinveldt, it takes away a component of what makes the SA bowling attack what it is. It lessens the variability of the feared pace attack somewhat.
As of late however, the Proteas seem to find a positive from every setback they face, and with Rory Kleinveldt’s inclusion, it basically means they are a team of 11 batsmen, with every single player in the team being more than handy with the bat, and with a top and middle order like SA have, the last thing you want to face is a tale that can very easily add an extra 100 runs to the total, as Robin Peterson showed in Cape Town.
So while Pakistan will go into the final Test buoyed with the belief that they can pull of a victory, it will still be a mammoth task for them against a team that just doesn’t no when to quit, and seems to be able to get out of any situation they find themselves in. It definitely has all the makings of another brilliant Test match, with the real question being, will we ever see a match on the Proteas home turf go the full 5 days?
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