South Africa will be keen to start their season on a decent note when face Pakistan in the three-match series that begins on Boxing Day (26th December) in Centurion. Skipper Faf du Plessis will be hoping that side can put in a disciplined performance in the opening game of the series.
On the other hand, Pakistan will need to improve their game with bat and ball in order to succeed in South Africa. Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq will be crucial for Pakistan in terms of batting in the upcoming three-match Test series.
Wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed will lead Pakistan for the Test series against South Africa. South Africa vs Pakistan 2018-19 Test Series will be played in South Africa.
Here are some of the key stats related to South Africa vs Pakistan 2018-19 Test Series
2007 was the last time Pakistan won a Test match against South Africa in South Africa
23 matches have been played between South Africa and Pakistan in Test cricket. South Africa have dominated with 12 victories to their name while Pakistan managed to come out top on four occasions. 7 have ended in a draw between the two teams.
2 centuries for South Africa’s premier batsman Hashim Amla against Pakistan in Test cricket. He has scored 937 runs in 11 matches at an average of 52.05.
3 wickets needed by South African pacer Dale Steyn to complete 50 wickets against Pakistan in Test cricket. Steyn has taken 47 wickets at an average of 21.82 against Pakistan.
1 wicket needed by South African pacer Dale Steyn to surpass Shaun Pollock’s tally of 421 wickets to become the most successful bowler for South Africa in Test cricket. He currently sits at 421 wickets in 88 matches
390 runs required by middle-order batsman Azhar Ali to complete 6000 runs in Test cricket. Azhar currently has scored 5610 runs in 70 matches at an average of 44.88 with 15 centuries to his name.
274 runs needed by Left-handed batsman Haris Sohail to complete 1000 runs in Test cricket. He currently has scored 726 runs in 10 matches at an average of 40.33
75 runs needed by wicket-keeper batsman Quinton De Kock to complete 2000 runs in Test cricket. He currently has scored 1925 runs in 35 matches at an average of 36.32.