Pakistan will seek a change of fortune when they play South Africa in the first of five one-day internationals at St George's Park on Saturday.
The tourists were mauled in a recent Test series, with none of the three matches going beyond lunch on the fourth day, but have reason to be optimistic in the 50-overs game where fast short-pitched bowling will likely not be a decisive factor.
For both teams, the series is an important step towards the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales later this year.
Pakistan's batting will be strengthened by the inclusion of Mohammad Hafeez, and Shoaib Malik.
South Africa have based their World Cup plans on picking four specialist bowlers but have yet to settle on a batting all-rounder to fill the crucial number seven position.