26.1.2021 06:28 pm
Shabnim Ismail, Sune Luus and Ayabonga Khaka took three wickets each in the final game of the three-match series against Pakistan.
Three wickets apiece by Shabnim Ismail, Sune Luus and Ayabonga Khaka proved key in helping the Proteas women's team complete a 32-run win over Pakistan and with it a 3-0 series whitewash after the final One-Day International at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Tuesday.
These three dangermen have been singled out for special attention by the former skipper ahead of the long-awaited contest between the sides.
The batting of the Lions left something to be desired, but their bowlers delivered under pressure.
South Africa, having won 15 of the 26 Tests between the two teams with four losses and seven draws, will take on a new-look Pakistan with Babar Azam making his Test captaincy debut.
The talented opening batsman has enjoyed a big week after earlier being included in the Proteas squad for the first time.
Pedigree alone suggests the Lions should join the defending champion Dolphins and Knights in the semifinals.
The CSA interim board’s term of office expires on February 15 and Yacoob said their focus in the next three weeks would be on formulating a new structure for the board.
South Africa’s highest-ranked Test bowler has not played a Test in almost exactly a year.
The recently announced new-look Interim Board have however said they will oppose the application in court.
Australia – scheduled to arrive for a Test series against the Proteas next month – have proved they are still a force to be reckoned with.
Okuhle Cele, Ryan Rickleton and Jacques Snyman have received their maiden national team call-ups, while Glenton Stuurman returns after missing the Test tour.
The touring Pakistan team have given the South Africans a good go in the past so indications are it should be a competitive series.
There have been calls for the wicket-keeper, who also captains the Proteas, to move down the batting order, with Temba Bavuma moving up.
“We’ve played on Asian pitches in the past and they’ve targeted us by preparing dustbowls and making it an uneven contest,” said captain Quinton de Kock.