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Pakistan aim to turn around fortunes in ODIs after Test series drubbing
Pakistan tour of South Africa

Pakistan aim to turn around fortunes in ODIs after Test series drubbing

Pakistan will be aiming to turn around their fortunes when they play South Africa in the first of five one-day internationals at St George’s Park on Saturday.

The tourists were hammered in a recent Test series, with none of the three matches going into the fourth day, but have reason to be optimistic in the 50-overs game.

For both teams, the series holds the key for the upcoming cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

"We're certainly a far better white-ball team than we are a Test unit at the minute," said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur after the Wanderers Test.

Pakistan have shown their ability in limited overs cricket, especially when they won the Champions Trophy in England in 2017.

Since the start of that tournament, Pakistan have compiled a 17-10 winning record.

Pakistan’s batting prowess will be bolstered by the inclusion of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, while they have a capable spin attack where Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim could play important roles.

Aggressive opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was exposed against the short ball in Test cricket but owns a decent record in ODIs, with 1275 runs at an average of 57.95.

South Africa have formed their World Cup plans on picking four specialist bowlers but have yet to settle on a batting all-rounder to fill the crucial number seven position.

South Africa have opted to rest wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and fast bowler Dale Steyn for the first two ODIs.

The changes provide opening batsman Aiden Markram with another opportunity to shine in a format in which he has yet to show his best, while fast bowler Duanne Olivier was rewarded for his man of the series performances in the Tests with a first one-day call-up.

Port Elizabeth usually has one of the slowest pitches in South Africa, which should suit the tourists. In their most recent appearance at the ground, in November 2013, they clinched their only one-day series win in South Africa.

South Africa

Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen


Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wkt), Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan