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Pakistan’s pacers have struggled to make use of the uneven bounce on offer at the Newlands pitch in the second Test against South Africa. One aspect explaining their declining standards and failure to trouble the opposition batsmen have been the lack of raw lightning pace.

This observation can be further validated by the fact that Pakistan’s premier fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been bowling much slower than the usual pace he is associated with. Perhaps a matter of fitness concerns, Amir has thus far bowled a significantly high proportion of 61% of his deliveries in the range of 120-132 kph in the Test at Cape Town.

This is the highest percentage of his deliveries he has bowled in this low-speed bracket in a Test throughout his career. This unfortunate statistic reads a sad state of the Pakistani pacers, with Amir unable to exploit the bounce in the pitch and as a result suffering.

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