Tough pitches normally make for better batsmen‚ but some of the Proteas’ batsmen will disagree after having to deal with Pakistan’s world-class bowlers. SA won the series 3-0 and strides were made in the bowling department‚ but some batsmen deteriorated. Here is how the South African unit performed: 9/10 Duanne Olivier — 24 wickets at 14.70 The economy rate of 4.01 per over was eye-popping but the 24 wickets were crucial to SA’s cause. He terrified Pakistan’s batting lineup and ensured Azhar Ali‚ Pakistan’s best batsman‚ never got going. He bowled with pace‚ hostility and aggression that Pakistan’s top order bar Shan Masood could not deal with. He could improve in terms of creating wicket-taking pressure but the rest of the bowling attack did that for him. He filled Lungi Ngidi’s void and when Ngidi does return it will be a tough bunfight for the third seamer’s slot. 9/10 Quinton de Kock – 251 runs at 62.75 De Kock is back and probably at the right time for the national team. He sco...

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