Proteas expecting tough test against Pakistan

Javinder Singh | cricket20

South Africa go into todayís Twenty20 international against Pakistan expecting a tough test against an under fire Pakistan side who will be eager to bounce back after their nightmare summer in England.

The Twenty20 international at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be Pakistanís first game since the end of their tour of England which was rocked by betting scandals.

Former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith; who handed the Twenty20 captaincy over to Johan Botha is expecting a tough test against a talented Pakistan side.

"They're a dangerous team to play. They have a lot of talented players, good fast bowlers and good spinners, so we're going to have to play our best cricket to do well on this tour," said Smith.

"We've done all the hard work and players got time in the middle, so we can't really ask for more than that going into a tour where we don't have much time to prepare before the first game," he added.

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi meanwhile was hopeful his under pressure side will put all the controversy which surrounded their tour of England behind them.

"My players are professional and have put all the controversy behind them. We know we are without two of our best bowlers in Aamer and Asif. But we still have ample talent to counter South Africa who are a very good side in the shorter form of the game," said Afridi.

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