Lahore (Pakistan) (AFP) – Wily spinner Saeed Ajmal urged his Pakistan team Tuesday to demolish the world's best Test side South Africa, just like they did England last year.
Pakistan routed England -- then rated the best Test team -- 3-0 in the United Arab Emirates and face another big challenge in the two-Test series against South Africa starting later this month.
Ajmal, the 36-year-old off-spinner who took 24 wickets to wreck England, said at a team training camp in Lahore: "Last time when we played in Dubai England was number one and we were at the same position (sixth) and we performed well.
"We will try our best to perform as well against South Africa as we did against England."
Pakistan were thrashed 3-0 in South Africa in February and then lost the second Test to Zimbabwe in a 1-1 Test series stalemate last month.
Pakistan will once again look to tame Graeme Smith, chiefly through Ajmal and left-armer Abdul Rehman.
"Our bowling attack is good, fast bowlers are also good, Rehman is also in nice form and has also given very good performances, and we will make a good bowling combination," said Ajmal, who will turn 37 on the first day of the first Test on October 14 in Abu Dhabi.
The second Test starts in Dubai on October 23.
"We are capable of bowling them out twice in Tests. We are not down, you win and lose in cricket and we will do well," he said.
"There's nothing like revenge in cricket, but we will reply them good. I can't say 100 percent Pakistan will win, but if we play to 100 percent we will win."
Pakistan and South Africa will also play five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals.