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Cricket news - Pakistan aim to shrug off Test series debacle as World Cup nears

"We're a one day side that's still trying to find that balance in our team" - du Plessis

Lose the first two Tests of the new year would certainly not be on Pakistan's wish list for 2019, but when you switch kits from white to green, the play is less than six months of 50-over World Cup away from a, there is a lot of to. The Gulf in quality was clearly visible during the five-day Affairs, in spite of Pakistan's fight every now and then will not be the same in the ODI format. Mickey Arthur described Pakistan Asia Cup loss to Bangladesh as the worst result under his regime, but his side has done well to wiggle out of the rubble they were in this tournament.

A result of 1-1 against new Zealand should you be the kind of lift she needed, morale-sapping defeats in the Asia Cup, which is a big question mark on the ODI credentials of the Champions-Trophy-winner of 2017 You have not earned back everything, but step in the direction of the serious changes are in order. The return of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in the middle-just solidifies in Pakistan, the opportunities to achieve better results, and in turn, better the direction of as the flagship event of the year.

South Africa, meanwhile, seem still to experiment a bit, before focusing on the best combination in your hunt for the elusive world title in England. "We are a one-day side, to find the still trying that the balance in our team," captain Faf du Plessis said on the eve of the first game. Understandably, the CSA has decided to manage, Dale Steyn workload better by cooling down to get him a rest for the first two ODIs while Quinton de Kock his heels, after the Test series. Duanne Olivier, thrown out of Pakistan by the Test series, should have a look in. He should be aware, though, that the white ball and a flatter wicket is not as kind, when he plans to intimidate them through the bumper.

If: South Africa vs Pakistan, 1st ODI, 19. January 01:00 Am Local Time

Where: St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth

What: A mostly Sunny day expected before. Pakistan has the highest number of points scored in this place its name - 335 the way back in 2002

Team news

South Africa

Reeza Hendricks managed just 68 runs in three outings in Australia, where South Africa pulled off a series victory. With Hashim Amla's return, Hendricks place in the top-order under control.

With very few games up to the world Cup, now might be the time to give, a talent like Rassie van der Dassen - impressed at the inaugural Mzansi Super League to go in the top-order. The absence of de Kock and Steyn (for the first two ODIs) means: a) Heinrich Klaasen brought be must also keep gloves and b) Olivier might get an extended view in a home series (and his first ODI cap), where he quickly earned the reputation of the opposition tormentor-in-chief.

brought Probable XI: Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks/Rassie van Dassen, Faf du Plessis, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Imran Tahir

Pakistan

It remains to be seen whether Shan Masood ' s purple patch running during the Test series - 228 - earning him a 50-over ticket in Port Elizabeth, or if you are stuck with the opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. Pakistan is certainly strengthened by the presence of the middle-order duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, while the rest of the line-up picks itself.

Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood/Imam-Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Faheem Ashraf

What she said:

"There is a lot of competition for the club. There are a lot of options available. And then he [Rassie van Dassen] had a great Mzansi Super League. He knocks on the door very hard, so it is a great time for him to get an opportunity after all, he runs to the gates." - Faf du Plessis.

"Fakhar Zaman is a very important player for us and his goal is to play his natural game, which is similar to the David Warner plays or like Virender Sehwag or Shahid Afridi played in the past. I told him that he needs to stay in the wicket more, because his presence scares the bowlers" - Sarfraz Ahmed.

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