Mickey Arthur
'Our bowling attack is incredibly skilful in all conditions' - Mickey Arthur

Pakistan cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur believes that Pakistan’s bowling attack is incredibly skillful in all conditions and have the potential to jolt any batting line-up.

“They’re [South Africa] a good batting line-up, they are, but we’re a very good bowling line-up,” said Arthur. “So we do feel we can make some inroads there, for sure. Our bowling attack is incredibly skillful in all conditions. The one thing we do know is that we’ve got a bowling attack that can take 20 wickets comfortably,” he said.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Mohammad Abbas and spinner Shadab Khan will miss the three-day practice match against South Africa Invitation XI due to injury.

Talking about the batting side, Arthur said that it’s a great opportunity for our batsmen to perform out here, as they’re young and ready to take challenges.

“There are some very talented young batsmen there. They don’t stand on leg stump anymore. Our batsmen get to off stump, they cover the bounce, they cover the pace and they cover the swing,” he added.

Pakistan’s batsmen have a great chance to bring their lost form back in the practice match as it is the only game for the green shirts before the first of three Tests starting from December 26.

Pakistan’s performance in the recent Test series against New Zealand was not much impressive as they lost it by 2-1 in UAE.

Pakistan last toured South Africa five years ago in 2013.

Pakistan Test Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah.