Sharjah - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq warned his team Monday not to get
complacent with the absence of top South African players Hashim Amla and
Dale Steyn in the one-day series.
Amla flew home after the first
test to be with his pregnant wife, while Steyn has been rested for the
first two one-day matches of the five-match series.
"I always feel
that after such news the team (Pakistan) gets complacent," Misbah said.
"If the (opposition) team is at full strength, it's better for us.
Africans have very strong replacements, we have to be mentally strong
... don't look which player is playing and which is not."
series begins Wednesday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, which also hosts the
last game on November 11.
Dubai will host the second one-dayer on Nov. 1,
while Abu Dhabi will organize back-to-back ODIs on November 8 and 11.
Africa bounced back to draw the Test series 1-1 in Dubai last Saturday
and preserved its unbeaten record of not losing a Test series away from
home since 2006.
"They are always tough," Misbah said.
cricket or Test cricket, you really need to be on your toes while
playing against them."
South Africa coach Russell Domingo said his
team will go into the ODI series hoping to get used to the conditions
in the United Arab Emirates after spending nearly a month in the gulf
"It is completely different format but we will take a
little bit of confidence," Domingo said.
"Hopefully, we are used to the
conditions in the UAE."
South Africa lost the one-day series 4-1
in Sri Lanka in July, but Domingo insisted his team had better results
"We haven't played well of late, especially in
Sri Lanka, but we beat Pakistan in South Africa so a bit of confidence
from that and obviously from the last test (victory)," he said.
will be beefed up with the inclusion of its one-day cricket specialists
— allrounders Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez, middle order batsman
Umar Akmal and opener Nasir Jamshed.
Fast bowler Wahab Riaz, rookie Sohaib Maqsood and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed are the others to join the team for ODIs.
been playing together for a long time now," Misbah said of the
inclusion of experienced players.
"You can't say it's a new team or
it's new faces ... these guys are really playing one-day cricket for the
last 3-4 years, and most of them are playing even before that."
has fairly good results in limited-overs cricket this year.
lost narrowly to the Proteas in South Africa, Misbah's men went on to
win the ODI series in the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
played well in the ODIs against South Africa so that gives us a bit of
confidence," Misbah said.
"The conditions (in UAE) always favor
Pakistan, so we are looking forward to play good series."
is likely to extend its batting lineup and give Akmal duties of
wicketkeeping like he did against the West Indies before missing the
series against Zimbabwe due to health problems.
Proteas legspinner Imran Tahir, who was born in Lahore, ran through Pakistan in
Dubai with 8-130 in the match that included 5-32 in Pakistan's first
innings total of only 99.
Misbah was wary of a legspinner's
inclusion in the ODIs, but hoped after playing Tahir for 42 overs in the
second innings in Dubai his batsmen would not be bothered much.
a day a legspinner can make really a big difference," Misbah said.
we are used to him (Tahir) ... but at the same time legspinner is a
kind of bowler who can give you wickets in the middle of the innings."