Pakistan VS South Africa 2nd Test Match

With Amla absent, South Africa are likely to play Dean Elgar. Another option is to bring in the wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile and play AB de Villiers as a specialist batsman. The team manager Mohammed Moosajee said that Steyn’s MRI didn’t reveal a hamstring pull and so they are treating it as a tightness. Steyn will undergo a fitness test on the morning of the match, and if he misses out, Rory Kleinveldt may play. Smith also hinted at playing the legspinner Imran Tahir.

South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Alviro Petersen, 3 Dean Elgar, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers (wk), 6 JP Duminy, 7 Faf du Plessis, 8 Robin Peterson/Imran Tahir, 9 Vernon Philander, 10 Dale Steyn/Rory Kleinveldt, 11 Morne Morkel

Pakistan were non committal on possible changes. With the pitch expected to turn more, there was talk of bringing in Abdur Rehman as the third spinner, at the expense of a batsman.

Pakistan: 1 Shan Masood, 2 Khurram Manzoor, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Adnan Akmal (wk), 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Zulfiqar Babar, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammad Irfan

Pakistan Vs South Africa 2nd Test Match 

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Teams tend to retain a winning combination, but Azhar Ali is under pressure to keep his spot. He has looked a shadow of the batsman who dominated England last year and his troubles began in South Africa earlier this year. Azhar had scores of 11 and 3 in Abu Dhabi and his struggle has increased pressure on the senior players below him in the line-up. Pakistan might want to sandwich him between Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan or swap him with Asad Shafiq at No.6.

The stripped-down DRS without Hot Spot in the first Test did not strengthen the case for technology. When decisions were referred, play was held up for longer than usual, because the third umpire had to work with limited resources. Sometimes there was a sound as the ball passed the bat, but with no obvious deviation to back it up, it was a conundrum for the third umpire. Umpires will continue to be under pressure in these conditions and with no Hot Spot for the Ashes, it could be more of the same in the coming months.


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