It has been designated Biff Day at the Wanderers and Graeme Smith, captaining a Test for the 100th time, will remain the focus of attention when the action begins after he decided to bat first.
Smith acknowledged that he expected a tough first session – as it should be in a Test match – but said that he thought the cracks in the surface would play an important part as the game developed. Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, said he, too, would have batted first but was also eager to unleash his pace bowlers on South Africa.
One of those fast bowlers will not be Mohammad Irfan, though, after Pakistan opted not to utilise their giant paceman and instead gave a debut to left-armer Rahat Ali who was a late addition to the squad and only arrived on Monday. He will form a three-man seam attack alongside Junaid Khan and Umar Gul. The second debutant is Nasir Jamshed, the opening. Read more