South Africa coach Russell Domingo says his team will be using the three-day game against Pakistan 'A' to acclimatise and gain important match practice.
The heat in the United Arab Emirates can take some getting used to and the match will be South Africa's only warm-up ahead of the opening Test in Abu Dhabi, which begins on 14th October.
"We touched base this morning and re-emphasised the important elements that have made this Test side so successful," Domingo said yesterday.
"We want to try and continue with those aspects like preparation, conditioning and execution; things that we have done well over the last period of time."
Some of the players have been in India playing in the Champions League Twenty20 but Domingo is not worried about them getting into the right frame of mind to play Test cricket again.
"They are a mature bunch of cricketers. They have been around for a while and they all have good connections and have played with each other over a period of time.
"I don't think it will be a major factor, but it is something that we need to make sure we do," he added.
South Africa go into the Test series as the number one ranked Test side in the world, and there they will remain, even if they were to lose this series 2-0 and second-placed England were to beat Australia 5-0 in the upcoming Ashes series.
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