De Villiers will attack from the get-go

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South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers says while they have not had much time to switch from Test to one-day mode, they will be looking to attack Pakistan's weaknesses in the first ODI in Sharjah on Wednesday.

South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers says while they have not had much time to switch from Test to one-day mode, they will be looking to attack Pakistan's weaknesses in the first ODI in Sharjah on Wednesday.

The Proteas will be without batsman Hashim Amla and fast bowler Dale Steyn, due to family commitments and injury respectively, for the first two matches, but De Villiers feels they will be mentally ready for the opening game.

The skipper said: "We didn't have much time for preparation so it's really up for us mentally to get prepared but it's important to have a good start, get used to the conditions and adapt as quickly as possible and attack them in areas where they are not strong."

The Proteas have added a number of specialist players to the ODI squad, with Quinton de Kock, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, and Lonwabo Tsotsobe adding strength to both departments in Amla and Steyn's absence.

De Villiers continued: "We are tactically working on getting the right side which could give us the best opportunity to get a 1-0 lead. I am looking forward to see the guys performing well in the greens."

When Pakistan were is South Africa earlier this year, they got the better of the Proteas in the ODI series, with spinner Mohamad Hafeez doing a number on the hosts. He was more successful than Saeed Ajmal, and though he missed the Tests, De Villiers is wary of Hafeez.

He said of the all-rounder: "He is a world class player, no doubt about that and he surprised everyone with the ball over the last few years and was the top bowler in the one-days, we have seen a lot of them and we are looking forward to the challenges here."

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