South Africa will now play two tests against Pakistan in Karachi (January 26-30) and Rawalpindi (February 4-8), followed by a three-game T20I series in Lahore, starting on February 11.
“We expect the rebound to be weak and little lateral movement so we think the reverse swing will play a role in the series and we will have to play a straighter line,” Rabada said in a video posted by Cricket South. Africa.
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“We all know Pakistan will come and fight us so it will be a tough series. It would be nice to come home with the winners trophy.”
The 25-year-old, who has used the reverse swing with great expertise to take wickets on his 197 scalp try, said the biggest challenge will be adjusting to the different and unfamiliar conditions.
Rabada, who last played in a test match in January 2020 against England and was injured after playing in a T20 against the same team last November, said he enjoyed the challenge of playing the most. at test cricket.
“The cricket test challenges you in all different ways and under different conditions. I also love playing ODI and T20 but these days white ball cricket pitches are the same and are good for the stick leading to high-scoring games, ”he said.
“In Test Cricket the conditions, the terrains, they all challenge you and you have to adjust and change your tactics as the game progresses.
“You have to find ways to be on top of your game and it’s a mental and physical challenge. Because the intensity levels change all the time. It’s very rewarding to win test matches.”
South Africa is touring Pakistan for the first time in almost 14 years and Rabada said he was happy to visit the country which has a rich cricket culture, having produced some great players.
“It’s good to play in this part of the world knowing their cricket history and culture,” he said.
Rabada said he will certainly miss the crowds in Pakistan, but that won’t affect their performance.
“They (the crowd) add to the drama, the excitement and bring more freshness and drama to the game. But I don’t think the level of competition or intensity is going to drop in this series because of the lack of crowd. ”
South Africa is the first of the top five cricket countries to visit Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.
Rabada said he has confidence in the security arrangements put in place for the players.
“I have confidence in their safety in the way it has been implemented. I think I feel quite safe. I think I can focus on cricket and I think the PCB has done a great job. showing that we are safe is obviously not an ideal situation, also keeping the Covid situation in mind. ”
South Africa won the Test Series on their last tour of Pakistan in 2007.