Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan is confident his team will fare better on their South African tour than India, who lost the Test series 2-1.
The team gave a good account of themselves in the practice match against Rest of South Africa and Younis, who scored 76, said the team was in a positive frame of mind going into the three-Test series against the Proteas starting in Centurion on January 11.
"It is just as well we started on the front foot because we have only a few days before the first Test. I am confident we can do better than India, who narrowly lost the series here," he wrote in a website.
"We have a strong and well balanced squad and the bowlers in particular are looking good," he said.
India lost the recent series against Graeme Smith's men after winning the first Test in Johannesburg before going down in Durban and Cape Town.
Younis, one of the mainstays of Pakistan batting, has returned to cricket after the death of his brother Farman Ali Khan in a car accident in Germany last month.
The Pakistan vice-captain had also lost his father and another brother not too long ago.
"It has been a very sad time for me and my family after my brother passed away but I am hoping cricket will help me to get through this difficult time in my life," Khan wrote.
Khan said he was trying to keep his mind off the personal bereavement by focussing on the South African tour.
"I am trying to focus on my cricket in South Africa and it will help me take my mind off the sadness. It is important that I concentrate on cricket as we have the World Cup in two months and I have to focus on my game."