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Saeed Ajmal says spinning tracks `best chance` for Pak to beat Proteas in UAE

Monday - Sep 30, 2013, 03:18pm (GMT+5.5)
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Islamabad - Pakistan's ace-off spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that the team's upcoming series against world's top Test side South Africa would be keenly contested and that they would be helped by the existence of pitches that assist spin.

According to the Dawn, ranked among the world's best off-spinners alongside Graeme Swann of England, Saeed feels the best way to bounce back against the Proteas is to prepare turning tracks for the two Tests in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Ajmal said that there is no harm if Pakistan tries to take the South Africans down with their main strength, which is spin bowling, adding that every country indulges in such practice when the pitches are prepared to suit the home team.

 The player admitted that Pakistan have better spinners than South Africa who will be relying on Lahore-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir and slow left-armer Robin Peterson during the upcoming Tests, the report said.

Ajmal also said that he was taking his batting seriously given the frailties of Pakistan's batsmen, adding that it was the bowlers' duty to contribute as many runs as possible, particularly when the team collapses.


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