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Tabraiz Shamsi (Gallo)
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Were South Africa really planning to field three specialist spinners in the botched first Test against Pakistan at Karachi?

Perhaps we will never truly know … except that things were plunged into some disarray at the eleventh hour anyway, with left-arm "chinaman" spinner Tabraiz Shamsi ruled out just ahead of the toss with untimely back spasms.

Instead, the Proteas dubiously went in with two tall, essentially orthodox left-arm tweakers in traditional first-choice Keshav Maharaj and George Linde, the latter earning just his second cap.

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