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Pakistan played just one practice match before the commencement of the Test series in South Africa, thus depriving them of the sufficient time to acclimatize to the pitch conditions. This has translated into a mostly abysmal batting performance throughout the series, with Pakistan ending up on the losing side.

Pakistan’s bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has lamented the fact and reasoned that the results would have been different had there been more warm-up games for the touring side.

“It’s always tough when subcontinent teams tour South Africa. In this series, we have seen a lot of uneven bounce. Yes, we did not play well but if we had gotten more practice games, the results would have been different,” Mahmood said.

This is a common logic that has been argued by cricketing experts explaining Pakistan’s batting failure thus far on the tour. One can hope that they will quickly learn from their mistakes to come back strongly in the ODI series.