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Pakistan ready to take on South Africa: Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan ready to take on South Africa: Misbah-ul-Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq (above) said Pakistan were well capable of upsetting South Africa © Getty Images

Lahore: Oct 8, 2013

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Monday his side was ready to take on the mighty South Africans, despite missing an opener and enduring a wretched recent run of form.

The sides meet for a two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates starting next week, with Pakistan coming off the back of an embarrassing drawn series against minnows Zimbabwe.

South Africa, rated No 1 Test team in the world, whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 at home earlier in the year, but Misbah insisted his men would rise to the challenge.

“Our preparations and moral are good,” the 39-year-old captain said as the team left for the UAE. “We have to forget the past and play competitive cricket in this tough series.”

Pakistan have won only one of their last eight Tests, with their batsmen letting them down repeatedly.

They go into the series with just one specialist opener in the 12-man squad as regular Mohammad Hafeez was dropped after scoring just 102 in his last five Tests.

“No doubt Hafeez is a senior player but because he is out of form it was difficult for him (to get into the team) but I am sure others are also capable to do well,” said Misbah.

Misbah said a three-day practice match between Pakistan A and a South Africa XI, starting in Sharjah on Tuesday, would give them the chance to identify a replacement.

“We will use a regular opener, there will be no makeshift arrangements and I am sure that we will find another opener from the three-day match,” said Misbah.

With the experienced Hafeez, Imran Farhat and Taufeeq Umar left out, it is a fresh-faced Pakistan top order that will take on the might of South Africa’s four-man pace attack.

The selected opener Khurram Manzoor has played only nine Tests while two other candidates for the second opening berth — Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Masood — have yet to make their Test debuts.

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