Pakistan should battle for simply their third Check match win in South Africa with out the companies of Mohammad Abbas. Sarfraz Ahmed confirmed at a press convention at Supersport Park that the Boxing Day Check got here too quickly for Abbas, with the shoulder harm that kept him out of the third Check towards New Zealand guaranteeing he’ll play no half within the opening Check.
Legspinner Shadab has been nursing a long-term groin harm which brought on him to overlook the house Checks towards Australia and New Zealand, though he did participate within the limited-overs video games towards New Zealand. Opening batsman Fakhar, in the meantime, has not featured for Pakistan since November 11 due to a knee harm, however performed within the tour recreation towards a CSA Invitation XI final week.
Abbas’s sensational efficiency within the two-Check collection towards Australia on the widely placid UAE tracks in October – he took 17 wickets in two Checks at 10.58 – meant he was thought of Pakistan’s trump card for the seamer-friendly pitches in South Africa. After the shoulder niggle final month, he was initially considered dominated out for all the South Africa tour, earlier than it emerged that he might take part within the bulk of this collection. He had at one level been believed prone to win the health race by Boxing Day, just for Sarfraz to verify in any other case.
Abbas’s absence means Pakistan are left with simply three specialist seamers in Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi together with the allrounder Faheem Ashraf. That quartet is all set to characteristic within the Centurion Check now. Sarfraz additionally hoped the floor would enable the legspinner Yasir Shah some buy within the later levels, successfully confirming the spinner’s involvement in Shadab’s absence.