Pakistan is all set to tour South Africa at the end of the year to play three Tests followed by five ODIs and three T20Is. The visitors will commence their tour with a three-day warm-up game against South Africa Invitational XI. The first Test will be played on 26th December at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Sarfaraz and co. recently lost the three-match series against New Zealand in the UAE. The side has been in a transition phase and capitulated badly in crucial moments over the past six months.
Pakistan have recalled Mohammad Amir and Shadab khan for the three-match Test series. Opener Shan Masood and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan also included in the 16-member squad picked for South Africa series.
Pakistan will be relying on the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, and Azhar Ali to do the bulk of the scoring. Azhar is by far Pakistan’s best batsman in the Test format and will be crucial for the side in the upcoming three-match series. Shan Masood has been included as a reserve opener for the tour.Imam-ul-Haq has gone through a lean run in Test cricket and will be looking to do well on his first trip to South Africa.
In the bowling department, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, and Shaheen Shah Afridi have done well for the side in red-ball cricket. Hasan Ali also produced impressive numbers with the ball during the three-match series played against New Zealand.
On the other hand, South Africa had a successful tour to Australia with the side winning most of their games played. Captain Faf du Plessis will be hoping that South Africa can get off to a decent start and build momentum ahead of the next year’s Cricket World Cup.
Aiden Markam has been a prolific run-scorer for South Africa at the top of the innings. Dean Elgar will be looking to find form in this series after not doing much in Sri Lanka.
Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis also need to produce big scores for the side. The experienced duo has been not in a great form which is why South Africa has suffered from inconsistency in Test cricket. Theunis De Bruyn and Temba Bavuma are relatively inexperienced players in the batting lineup.
In the bowling department, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, and Kagiso Rabada will be three prominent seamers for South Africa. Duanne Olivier has been named as Lungi Ngidi’s replacement for the three-match Test series.
Uncapped Zubayr Hamza has been included in the Test squad for the series. Keshav Maharaj is the lone spinner picked for the series. It will certainly be a mouthwatering aspect as both teams have strong bowling lineups at their disposal.
South Africa Vs Pakistan 2018-19 Schedule
1st Test –South Africa vs Pakistan
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018, at 08:00 GMT
2nd Test – South Africa vs Pakistan
Thursday, Jan 3, 2019, at 08:30 GMT
3rd Test– South Africa vs Pakistan
Friday, Jan 11, 2019, at 08:00 GMT
1st ODI – South Africa vs Pakistan
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
2nd ODI – South Africa vs Pakistan
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
3rd ODI– South Africa vs Pakistan
Friday, Jan 25, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
4th ODI– South Africa vs Pakistan
Sunday, Jan 27, 2019, at 08:00 GMT
5th ODI– South Africa vs Pakistan
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019, at 11:00 GMT
1st T20– South Africa vs Pakistan
Friday, Feb 1, 2019, at 16:00 GMT
2nd T20– South Africa vs Pakistan
Sunday, Feb 3, 2019, at 12:30 GMT
3rd T20– South Africa vs Pakistan
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019, at 16:00 GMT