Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to Pakistan 1997-98
Tour of Pakistan 1997-98Captain: Hansie Cronje
22nd official test tour
Second Test-playing tour of Pakistan by South Africa
(October - November 1997)
Between October 1997, starting with this tour, and August 1998 South Africa played sixteen Test matches. They had not played anything but limited overs matches in Pakistan before.
Pakistan were also busy in their jubilee year, the anniversary of independence, and hosted a four nation one-day quadrangular tournament under floodlights, which the South Africans won.
As a preliminary there was a Test series in which they drew on a dead pitch at Rawalpindi and a saturated one at Sheikhupura, before snatching a startling victory at Faisalabad. Symcox twice rescued the South African innings with forceful batting and then captured three wickets to assist Pollock in dismissing Pakistan for only 92 runs.
Sheikhupura was granted a Test match but the town had no hotels for either the home side or the visiting team, who had to stay in Lahore and travel each day through traffic jams for at least three hours.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(selection to 25 September)
Following a four-month break since the end of last season the South Africans arranged practices in the middle at Bloemfontein and Durban, Departure from South Africa was on Thursday 25 September.
After a long flight, the team arrived at Karachi on 26 September 1997
Time spent in Pakistan
(26 September - 9 November)
On-tour selection panel
Bob Woolmer (coach), Hansie Cronje (captain), Gary Kirsten (vice-captain).
Shultz had to return home for treatment because he tore a tendon under his left arm during throwing practice.
M V Boucher
Mark Boucher was called up for the tour party as a reinforcement after ‘keeper Dave Richardson pulled his left hamstring and was unfit for the second Test. Boucher left East London on Tuesday 14 October and arrived in Islamabad the next day, Wednesday, and immediately played as a wicket-keeper/batsman.
Jacques Kallis (appendicitis) and Allan Donald (pulled left quadricep) joined Richardson on the injured list.
Jacques Kallis was taken to hospital in Lahore with appendicitis and missed the rest of the tour.
For the one-day tournament, Fanie de Villiers joined the team on 24 October to cover for Schultz.
•Gary Kirsten batted seven hours, seeking to assure a draw in the first Test match at Rawalpindi, but fell on 98.
•Adam Bacher (96) was also dismissed just short of a century in the next match at Sheikhupura , when he and Kirsten (56) made another century opening stand.
•Kirsten carried his bat through the innings at Faisalabad, scoring 100 not out, the first South African to do so since Jackie McGlew in 1961-62.Kirsten averaged 86 in the series.
•Shaun Pollock (5-37) and Pat Symcox (3-8) dismissed Pakistan for 92 to win the Third Test. Symcox had already scored 81 and 55 and was an easy choice as Man of the Match.
Other first-class matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to South Africa
Brett Schultz flew home from Rawalpindi injured after the first Test on Saturday 11 October. Kallis had to go into hospital in Lahore with appendicitis during the second Test match after which he was sent home early too. Then Brian McMillan, learning that his wife was seriously ill, urgently returned to South Africa on 27 October.
After the quadrangular tournament the team flew home from Lahore Airport on 9/10 ? November
Time away from South Africa46 days
(25 September to 10 November
The United Cricket Board of South Africa paid the team a R 500 000 bonus as a reward for winning the 3-match series because so few teams do on the sub-continent; doubled the team's match fee of R11 250 (US$ 2345); and paid a bonus of R200 000 (US$42 000) for winning the quadrangular series