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Proteas: Puny amount of intel on Pakistan pitch condition

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Proteas coach Mark Boucher speaks to the team in Karachi (Image courtesy of Cricket South Africa)
Proteas coach Mark Boucher speaks to the team in Karachi (Image courtesy of Cricket South Africa)
Cricket South Africa

Correctly assessing pitch conditions will be a more critical requirement than usual for South Africa's masterminds when the two-Test series against Pakistan starts in Karachi on Tuesday.

At a time when tours are coming thick and fast for most nations to make up the coronavirus-related backlog from 2020, the luxury of warm-up matches to familiarise with local characteristics has become even scarcer - in an era where they've been in sharp decline anyway.

Fly in... and get straight into the big stuff has been the requirement in a number of recent instances, and the Proteas have precisely that drawback in Pakistan.

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