The Waiting Game, Ratings 1st February
Russell Degnan

3 TestsSouth AfricavPakistan
Pre-rating1303.11125.8
Form+44.5+11.1
Expected MarginSouth Africa by 139 runs

Into the lion's den, or perhaps not. South Africa are possibly better travellers than they are at home, even if the pitches suit their bowling as well as anyone's. Pakistan have been rejuvenated under Misbah, but are still had to rate because they play relatively few tests. Their bowling remains a strength, although their third seamer is probably a weakness, they match up well against South Africa and have the better spinner. Their batting, less so. Younis Khan remains a force, even at this stage of his career, and there is a lot of promise in their younger batsmen. They haven't scored heavily of late though, even when white-washing England, and only sporadically in their loss in Sri Lanka.

It isn't out of the question that Pakistan could win this series, but it will mean over-turning a side that is very very good at staying in games until an opportunity presents itself to win. Misbah has shaped a side similarly equipped to wait on an opponent, so expect a cagey series, marked by moments of brilliance from some exceptional talents.


Rankings at 1st February 2013
1.South Africa1303.1
2.England1235.7
3.Australia1181.7
4.Pakistan1125.8
5.India1023.3
6.Sri Lanka1016.5
7.West Indies961.4
8.New Zealand857.7
9.Bangladesh595.2
10.Zimbabwe543.7

11.Ireland553.3
12.Afghanistan522.4
13.Scotland444.9
14.Namibia425.3
15.Kenya297.3
16.U.A.E.212.2
17.Netherlands208.9
18.Canada147.8

Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don't play each other.

Idle Summers 2nd February, 2013 15:29:06   [#] 

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