The South African skipper Quinton De Kock opened up on the Pakistan challenge which starts on January 26 stating that no one in the South African team have played in Pakistan. He admitted that Pakistan is a place where any of the current South African team haven’t played any matches and it is totally unfamiliar conditions to the players. South Africa will play the hosts Pakistan in a two-test series.
Quinton De Kock Admits Spin Will Play A Huge Part In The Series
Quinton De Kock was keen to note the importance of spin in the Pakistan surfaces and he also accepted the fact that the home team will have a huge advantage as they are familiar with the conditions. The last time South Africa played in Pakistan was 14 years ago way back in 2007 and only Mark Boucher who is the head coach had played before in Pakistan tours. Quinton De Kock in a virtual press conference stated that “In all honesty we don’t know what the conditions would be like because none of us have played here before barring our head coach. We have spoken to the coaches about how we’ll prepare for the series”.
Quinton De Kock also stated about the role of spin in Pakistan stating “Look, we are not going take Pakistan lightly by all means. They have picked several spinners who are unknown to us. Of course we understand that spin plays a huge part in the subcontinent because the pitches suit them more and we have got our bases covered.”. The statement indicates how the new skipper is ready to take a different challenge.
“Babar Azam’s Return Will Strengthen Pakistan” – Quinton De Kock
The South African skipper also admitted about the return of Babar Azam which will surely be an important factor for the home side as he has been sensational in the longer format too. He suffered from a thumb injury and hence was ruled out from the t20 and ODI series against New Zealand.
“Pakistan will be a much more competitive side in the series because of their key player Babar who is returning from injury. Mind you, I have played in New Zealand and it’s never easy playing there on seaming pitches and South Africa had also struggled to beat them [New Zealand] in their own backyard. We all know how good Babar can be in all conditions,” de Kock said.
Babar Azam is one of the modern-day greats with the average he possesses. He is an all-format player and he has never failed to perform or take on the best bowlers in the world. South Africa will be vary of Babar Azam and will be hoping to get him out soon.