Islamabad: South African captain Graeme Smith has warned Pakistan that his team is better prepared than England were in their last series in the Middle East despite feeling like a rookie going into the team`s tour to the UAE to play Pakistan.
According to the Dawn, Smith has played 110 Test matches for the Proteas and holds the world record for the most five-day matches as captain, 102, but he admitted to nerves before the team departed on Friday.
He said that he was nervous not having played cricket for a long time and will need to maximize preparation with just one warm-up match before the first Test.
Doctors are hopeful they have finally solved Smith`s chronic ankle problem, helped by custom-fitted boots that should more evenly distribute the weight on the joint, the report said.
He said that he still had the drive to want to play at the international level and even had the motivation to do it.
Smith added that England were not mentally prepared as they could have been when they played against Pakistan in the Middle East.