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SA will not take it easy

Harare: Re-establishing themselves as the top-ranked Test team in the world, South Africa appear to show no mercy on their struggling neighbours Zimbabwe when the two teams lock horns in a one-off Test starting on Saturday.

Given Zimbabwe’s present ranking and the myriad problems plaguing their cricket, the Proteas could have been forgiven for resting key players in the one-off Test. But instead, they have stuck with the 15-man squad that recently clinched a series victory in Sri Lanka.

Zimbabwe, who have not played a Test in almost a year, are set to come up against the best and most feared bowler in the world in Dale Steyn, as well as top-ranked batsman AB de Villiers and No. 1 all-rounder Vernon Philander.

“Whether you’re playing Australia or Zimbabwe, the pressure is always there. We are here to play our best brand of cricket,” South Africa captain Hashim Amla promised.