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Pakistan ready for testing South African challenge

Monday, January 21, 2013, 16:10
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The Pakistan Test squad are due to arrive in Johannesburg on yesterday evening to take on world champions South Africa in a three-Test series.

It’s Pakistan’s 1st visit to South Africa in 6 years and their major challenge could be to adapt to the pace and bounce of the pitches they’ll play on against a quick bowling attack normally recognized to be the world’s best.

They’ll have a four-day warm-up match against a South African Invitation XI in East London, beginning on Friday, but conditions in the coastal town are less pace-friendly than is likely when they play the Test games in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Centurion.

During the past 15 months, Pakistan’s Test series have been played in the Asian sub-continent or the UAE, which has been their home base since visiting squads quit touring Pakistan following an attack on the Sri Lankan squad bus in 2009.

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