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Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s 36-year-old batsman said he really wants to play his “best cricket” as the team prepares for the two-Test series against Pakistan.

The star cricketer is in line to play his 68th Test but first in Pakistan when the two-Test series starts on Tuesday at the National Stadium. He has scored 4108 runs with highest being 199 against Sri Lanka in December 2020.

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Faf Du Plessis: Really Want To Play My Best Cricket

South Africa will play their first Test in Pakistan for 14 years this week at Karachi as international cricket was suspended following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team’s bus in Lahore in 2009. Foreign teams refused to tour the terror-hit country on security fears before Test cricket was revived for the first time in a decade with the visit of Sri Lanka in December 2019.

“I am intentional in making sure I really enjoy my cricket. If that comes through in performances or the way that I speak, then I am glad that it is happening,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted du Plessis as saying.

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“I am batting well at the moment, feeling good and I really want to play my best cricket. I also want to put in some good performances in the subcontinent. It is really important for me to do well overseas,” he said.

The second Test between the two teams will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi, from February 4, before they travel to Lahore for three T20Is on February 11, 13 and 14 at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Faf Du Plessis: Having Babar Azam Back Is Massive For Pakistan

Faf Du Plessis also feels having Babar Azam back is massive for Pakistan.

“Having Babar back is massive for them. I would say he is up there with the top three batters in the world at the moment. His last two seasons, in all formats, have been nothing short of remarkable,” he said.

It will be a dream come true for newly appointed skipper Babar Azam, who was a ball boy during South Africa’s last tour in 2007, but he faces a task to lift Pakistan after being swept 2-0 in Tests in New Zealand in the past month.

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He is back to full fitness after missing the New Zealand tour with a fractured thumb and leads an inexperienced 20-man squad with nine players yet to play a Test.

England have also agreed to play two Twenty20s in October on their first trip to Pakistan since 2005, to be followed by New Zealand and the West Indies for white-ball series. If all go untroubled according to plans, then Australia will arrive for Tests and one-day matches next year, having not toured Pakistan since 1998.