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The following story was posted prior to the resumption of first Test between Pakistan and South Africa at Centenarian on Third Day

The following story was posted prior to the beginning of first Test between Pakistan and South Africa at Centurion on December 26, 2018.

Battling with injury issues, Pakistan will formally kick off its venture against South Africa with the first Test at Centurion on Wednesday.

Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan Team will miss Mohammad Abbas and Shadab Khan in the first Test as they face fitness issues; however, Fakhar Zaman is ready to open the innings.

Fakhar Zaman has previously played just one Test match against Australia at Abu Dhabi in October, in which he scored 160 runs in his both innings. His place in the Test Squad got even further cemented following Mohammad Hafeez’s retirement from Test Cricket.

Along with Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Amir will also again be seen in action after June 2018 when he played his last Test against England at Leeds.

Among all Test venues, South African soil hasn’t favored Pakistan much in the past as the latter has the least batting average recorded 20.77 there.

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Overall Pakistan and South Africa have been face to face 23 times in Test matches before. Out of which, Pakistan won just four matches, South Africa 12 while seven Tests ended without producing any result.

Additionally, Pakistan has previously played twice at Centurion in January 2007 and February 2013, and lost both times.

It is Pakistan’s sixth tour to South Africa which also features Test matches. Except the 1997/98 Test series which ended in 1-1, Pakistan lost all others.

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Last time Pakistan registered a Test victory in South Africa happened to be in January 2007 at Port Elizabeth.

If South Africa whitewashes Pakistan in the Test series, it could jump to the second position in ICC Test Rankings, just behind India.

The second Test between Pakistan and South Africa will be played at Cape Town from January 3-7, 2019 while the third Test will be played at Johannesburg from January 11-15, 2019.