Pakistan’s ex-skipper and experienced batsman Azhar Ali has said even the home advantage being with his team but South African team will be a serious challenge for the Pakistan team.
He said in his statement that “South Africa is a very strong side” “Their bowling line-up is very strong – not only the fast bowlers but their spinners are also up to the mark, especially Keshav Maharaj,”
“They’re very seasoned and experienced so they’ll pose a serious challenge to our team. We will have to be our best against them.”
Azhar Ali further added to his statement that,
“Home condition is always beneficial for any team,”
“Our performances in the last two home series were very good and our batsmen are also in good form. They’ve been scoring some runs in the away series as well, individually, despite difficult conditions.
“Babar has also returned to the side and it will boost our batting line. I am confident that our batting will do well in the series against South Africa.”
The veteran batsman also talked about the training sessions held at National Stadium ahead of the first test match and said,
“We are training according to match scenario so that players can adjust to the requirements of the game, and especially to have bowlers get used to bowling long spells.”
He further added that “As a batsman, we try to score big runs in every series – be it home series our away. We aim to convert the 50s into 100s and 100s into 200s and the same will be my aim in this series. Our target is to play match-winning knocks and contribute towards the team’s requirement.”
He self-confessed that players do get unconfident at times but insisted that players must be given proper time to adjust and we should avoid judging players’ capabilities on the basis of just one performance.