Australia tour of South Africa 2018
South Africa vs Australia, 4th Test, Johannesburg
The Big Picture
It feels almost surreal while talking about the fourth Test between South Africa and Australia following what all has happened in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal that has rocked World Cricket to its core.
Following the admittance by Steven Smith of the leadership group being involved in the pre-meditated affair, the disgraced trio of Warner, Bancroft, and Smith himself have been banned for a period of nine and 12 months respectively and have been subtly replaced by Renshaw, Burns, and Maxwell.
For the hosts though, the fourth Test has different implications. While veteran fast bowler Morne Morkel will bid adieu to International Cricket, a win or a draw in the encounter will hand the Proteas their first home series against the Aussies since their readmission in 1992.
Pitch and Weather conditions:
While the weather forecast is fine for much of the five days, the pitch at the Wanderers will be under intense scrutiny especially for the controversy it attracted and a subsequent sanction of POOR rating by the ICC.
When: Friday, 30th March 2018 at 13:30 PM IST
Where: The Wanderers, Johannesburg
Australia would be hoping to salvage some pride after the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked their cricket to the core. With Smith, Warner and Bancroft all suspended, Renshaw, Burns, and Maxwell.
Australia (Probable XI) Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.
The Proteas put on a clinical show at Newlands with Dean Elgar carrying his bat in the first innings coupled by an inspired spell of fast bowling by the duo of Rabada and Morkel. Not many changes are expected from the team that beat Australia at Newlands by 322 runs.
South Africa (Probable XI) Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar. Temba Bavuma, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock (WC), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.
Here’s everything you need to know about South Africa vs Australia:
Form Guide for both teams (Recent matches first)
SOUTH AFRICA: WWLLW
Where to watch South Africa vs Australia?
The live telecast of the match can be streamed at Sony Six/HD while it can be streamed online at the Sony LIV app.