PESHAWAR: The third match of the three-match Test series between Pakistan and South Africa will begin today (Friday) in Johannesburg.
The match will begin at 1:00pm (PST). South Africa who are leading the series 2-0, will start the third match as overwhelming favourites after their crushing victory in the first two match and they will be looking for not less than a clean sweep.
South African captain Faf du Plessis has been suspended due to slow over rate due to which Dean Elgar with lead the team. Proteas are likely to give Test debut to Zubayr Hamza and Pieter Malan to test their bench strength as they have already secured victory in the series. Aiden Markram is likely to miss the match as he was not fully recovered from his injury. The bowling combination will depend on pitch condition. However, it is likely that Protease will go with an all-pace attack keeping in view the vulnerability of Pakistani batsmen against the moving ball on fast pitches.
Pakistan will also be keen to make changes in the playing eleven after massive defeats in the first two Tests. Media reports have indicated that Shaheen Shah Afridi is nursing an injury due to which he will miss the final match of the series. Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf are most likely to get chance in today’s match, while Yasir Shah is likely to be rested.
The pitch in Johannesburg is expected to be better for batsmen as compared to Centurion and Cape Town, but still Pakistani batsmen will have to step up as they haven’t posted an imposing total in the series so far. Pakistan haven’t won a Test on the Johannesburg ground so far.
Pakistan squad: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi.
South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Dane Paterson.
South Africa announces ODI squad
South Africa has also announced a 14-men squad for the five match ODI series against Pakistan. The ODI series will start on January 19 and ends on January 30. It will be followed by a T20 series, the squads for which is yet to be announced by both the teams. Pakistan has already announced 16-men squad for the ODI series.
South Africa ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.