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"Pakistan is a very good batting team against spin, so it will be a nice challenge for our spinners." - Faf du Plessis

South Africa, the Test series 3-0 have won, what will guarantee you a smooth sailing in the limited overs series against Pakistan, according to Faf du Plessis. According to the South African skipper, Pakistan is a much stronger side in the format and reiterated that the forthcoming five-match ODI series, would be a nice challenge for his team.'

"Pakistan is a very good one day side and most likely you would be the first to say that from a performance point of view, their one-day team is a lot stronger," said Du Plessis. "We are a one-day, page to find, the always try, that the balance in our team", he said after South Africa's training session at St George's Park. Not to look "with Quinny [de Kock] and Dale [Steyn] here, in the first two games, there are actually the opportunity for us what we need to look, this is important," he added.

Although South Africa have their batting order sorted out, there are doubts about the all-rounder spot, with Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorious, all competing to book their place in the world Cup squad. Du Plessis hopes that one or two of the aforementioned players could be available in the squad and equal opportunties, in order to test it before the mega event.

"It is a response to the [all-rounder place] , I'm hoping, after this series," said du Plessis. "We hope that the next 10 games on the Sri Lanka series as a good all-rounder, of which there is Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius, you have at least one or two of these guys, the really your hand up and shout, "selectors" pick me," he said.

As far as the spin Department is concerned, the Proteas are well served with the variety of resources you have at your disposal. Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj - three contrasting bowlers bring a lot of variety, together with their ability to turn the game on its head.

Speaking of the role of the spinner, Du Plessis said: "Pakistan is a very good batting team against spin, so it will be a nice challenge for our Spinner. I am hoping that in the next 5 or 10 games, our two spinners, and we are very happy to have two good spinners, have good opportunities, only to work their games and make them get ready for the world Cup."

The talk of the combination before the first ODI, the 34-year-old also pointed out that you might be tempted to have more spin options than usual. 'Because it is perhaps the place in the country that can spin when you put it in comparison to other grounds around the country. It is also a day/night game, that may be something else. So there are one or two things we need to concern about the balance of our side. But in the course of the next five games, surely the Spinner your say."

Another talking-point lead in the series could be the inclusion of Rassie van der Dussen, the, could, according to coach Ottis Gibson, a slot somewhere in the top six. Rassie had an impressive Mzansi Super League and saw the most carefree batsman throughout the season.

"I was very impressed with the one or two games, he played in the T20 side, but it was easy to fit really hard to him in the Australia squad," Du Plessis said. "There is a lot of competition for the club. There are a lot of options available. And then he 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 the runs he scored," he added.

The star of the Test series, Duanne Olivier, drew heaps of praise from his skipper and was able to seamer in the world Cup squad as a back-up. "From a Brain-trust point of view, we are always on the lookout for X-factor player in the bowling attack. So Far [Ngidi], Dale [Steyn] and KG [Rabada] are fantastic seamers, and you can choose yourself, but possibly as a back-up-extra-seamer, we have some nice pace bowlers in our country. Duanne Olivier is one," you pointed Plessis.

"[Anrich] Nortje, rolled really well in Mzansi-League someone, we are still on the search. [Dane] Paterson is a different type of bowler, he is more of a swing bowler, but that extra bowler, if something happens, one of those bowlers at the world Cup, if we had somebody he closed with a bit of pace, it would be nice",.

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