The tour to Pakistan is the best arena for Vernon Philander’s one day international credentials, which have yet to be tested fully, according to Proteas coach Russell Domingo.
The Cape Cobras seamer forced his way back into the ODI team that tours Pakistan next month, opening up the opportunity to add to his miserly eight caps.
The last of those caps came against Sri Lanka in Kimberley last year.
A notable absence from the ODI team was Jacques Kallis, who last month announced his availability for the ODI team.
Test captain Graeme Smith was also announced as available for both squads.
“We need to have a look at him. I think that is the main thing. What impact he makes will be very difficult. We need to look at him under subcontinental conditions and South African conditions to see what he offers in ODI cricket,” Domingo said.
“He is very competitive and he brings a lot to the team in terms of his attitude and skill. He’s one of six bowlers on the tour. He’s not guaranteed to play in all the games but he will get an opportunity.”
Dealing with spin was an issue of the Proteas on their recent ODI and T20 tour of Sri Lanka, where Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath gave them a lesson in how not to deal with spin.
The pitches in the Emirates are often lower, slower and skiddier than what is found in Sri Lanka and with the prospect of 10 possible days of test cricket on them, Domingo said the team had learnt lessons from their Sri Lankan purgatory.
“The test team is lot more mature and experienced than the ODI side. Our players are good under subcontinent conditions We do need to strategise and analyse how are we going to go about it because Pakistan have a dangerous spin attack.
“In terms of the ODI’s, there were some pretty good things, with David Miller doing well against the spinners. There will be Graeme Smith back, which will lend experience to the team.”
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