Pakistan must 'stand up' in SA

2013-01-18 14:18

Karachi - Pakistan need to "stand up and be counted" against South Africa's pace attack in their series with the world's top-ranked Test nation starting next month, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Friday.

"This series is one of the biggest challenges of my captaincy tenure but I am confident that we can pose a serious threat to South Africa," Misbah said.

The 16-member Pakistan squad leave on Sunday for a two-month tour that begins with a three-Test series from February 1.

Pakistan are touring South Africa for the first time since 2007.

"The coming series is very important for Pakistan cricket because we have mostly played our cricket in South Asia or the UAE since 2010," Misbah added.

"The last few years have been a big challenge for Pakistan cricket and the players have come through well most of the time. But this is a tour where we have to play our best cricket."

No test playing nation has visited Pakistan since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

Misbah said he was confident about the series because Pakistan, like South Africa, had a strong bowling attack.

"Until now our spinners have come through for us now it is the turn of the pace bowlers to deliver. I am confident that players like Umar Gul and Junaid Khan will be our strike bowlers and we have a good spin backup in Saeed Ajmal," he said.

Misbah said his biggest concern was putting substantial runs on the board against an attack boasting Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.

"South Africa has one of the best pace attacks in the world so we have to stand up and be counted. If we can post decent totals in the tests I know our bowlers will deliver."

Misbah said his team's main strength had been their unity which had helped them whitewash England in early 2011 in a three-test series in the UAE.

"No one gave us a serious chance of beating England but we did that because we have gelled well as a team. That will be our main strength in South Africa despite their formidable batting and bowling resources," he said.

South Africa completed a 2-0 series win over New Zealand on Monday after thumping the visitors by an innings and 13 runs, only their second home test series win in four years.

The Proteas have risen to the top of the International Cricket Council's test team rankings thanks to their wonderful away form during which they have won back-to-back series in Australia and England and remain unbeaten on their travels since 2006.


  • - 2013-01-18 14:51

    they a good team, should be great entertainment also very different from the rest of the nations Less brand name "SuperStars" other than Boom Boom

      avremel.niselow - 2013-01-18 15:05

      He doesn't play tests.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2013-01-18 14:52

    Pakistan have always been the team of fighters. Perfoming at peak when its really needed. They were able to win the T20 world cup dispite the match fixing saga hanging over their heads.

  • craig.taljaardt.5 - 2013-01-18 14:54

    With all due respect, depends which Pakistan pitch up! They have the potential to give us a run for our money, but then all 11 of their payers must "fire" together....can't see tha happening!! We should win series 3-0

  • hein.wyk - 2013-01-18 14:57

    Game on!!!!

  • thopa.lerutla - 2013-01-18 14:59

    Everyone must stand up against this all white team.

      shaun.kuhn.79 - 2013-01-18 15:22

      Jaycee look at this idiots facebook page then you would realize he is actually not worth it....

      deon.louw.7505 - 2013-01-18 15:55

      You must be thinking of the Kings? This is not rugby.

      conni.tyabule - 2013-01-18 16:42

      Please don't spoil the one sport that's thriving in SA by spewing racial remarks. Bafana bafana is mainly black. Do you know there are a lot of white or indian players that could be in that team? Yet you don't see people making a fuss over it. I don't care much for rugby for the sole reason that I don't understand it and God knows I've tried, in the same breath, I support them against a team they play because I am a patriot. Cricket is the only sport not heavily tainted by racial divide because there are whites: Graeme,Steyn etc,indian: amla, black tsotsobe and that new guy I forgot his name now,colored, peterson. In soccer and rugby as far as I'm aware there isn't an indian. And I'm not talking about those small @ home playing camps(chiefs/pirates/celtics). I'm talking about a national team. So go crawl in your little complaining hole and let me enjoy my cricket. Proud Protea support regardless!

      PureProteas - 2013-01-18 16:46

      Do us a favour and stick to local soccer, test cricket is way beyond your level of thinking

      Insanity.rulesall - 2013-01-18 16:59

      Once get one moron posting something idiotic and 20 other bigger morons just waiting with sadistic self pleasing attitudes to start insulting Bafana Bafana..what has Bafana got to do with this idiots comments?? Amazing!!

      keith.ngobeni - 2013-01-18 19:46

      THOPA, I told you before that if you don't have anything to say, stop spewing your racial poison just go and play with yourself like the way you always do.

  • herman.letlalo - 2013-01-18 15:23

    the heading scared me to hell, I thought it was some terrorist threat

      Tahir - 2013-01-18 20:45

      look like you are South african of Indian origin.we will be a threat to you till dooms day?MODREN ATOMIC POWER.

  • songo.vellem.1 - 2013-01-18 15:26

    lookin forward to seein the talent of Nasser Jamshid against the venomous Vern, it promises be a great battle

  • Mark - 2013-01-18 15:30

    This will help Vern's race to 100 wickets I reckon

  • Sonnyjakes - 2013-01-18 16:10

    Just keep them away from the bookies. In 1995 bookies refused to pay out huge bets when Zim beat them. They had just finished a tour of SA.

  • sgrussell87 - 2013-01-18 16:31

    Ajmal: sort him out and we got this. Gull and other quicks are nowhere near as good as Aus or Eng quicks.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2013-01-18 20:15

      we have 7 foot quick that will give you a taste of some of your own medicine ie. bouncers and swing.

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