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Pybus hails Pak bowling

Former coach Richard Pybus has claimed Pakistan's mouth-watering bowling attack could pose serious threats to South Africa batsmen in their upcoming tour.

"The Pakistan bowling unit is mouth-wateringly exciting, I'm already salivating, particularly after watching Mohammed Irfan against India," Pybus wrote in his column for pakpassion.net.

“I'll never forget Wasim Akram's introduction to the viewers on Irfan -- tall, bounce but medium pace."

"That was my impression from the last time I watched him on television. Bang! 18 balls later Irfan had been charging in bowling 145 kmph and the Indian batsmen were jumping on trampolines to counter his bounce," he further wrote.

Pybus added: "Wasim was having to review the speedometer and we were wondering where the extra 10 kmph had come from, quite a different prospect for a batsman."

"For Misbah [-ul Haq] to be able to choose between [Saeed] Ajmal and [Abdur] Rehman and to have the Pakistan equivalent of Joel Garner is quite a thing, that allied with Junaid Khan's pace and swing and Umar Gul with orthodox and reverse swing, this will present South Africa with their most serious batting challenge for quite some time," he wrote.

"Cape Town and Centurion should also offer turn so Ajmal should pose quite a threat. One thing for Pakistan to consider is the ability of the South African batsmen in playing off spin," he added.

"They have become very proficient at countering the threat of the off-spinner. Rehman maybe a more dangerous challenge to the top-order of right-handers, particularly as the right arm quicks will make rough for him as the game goes on," he further wrote.

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