SA vs AUS 1st Test Match Prediction-Fantasy Team News

Updated on: Mar 1, 2018 11:24 am IST


South Africa vs Australia 1st Test Dream 11 Fantasy Team Predictions

Australia Tour of South Africa, 2018

Australia will play 4 test matches in South Africa from February 22 to April 03.


Match Details:

Tournament- Australia tour of South Africa 2018

Stadium- Kingsmead, Durban

Date and time- March 01- March 05; 10:00 AM Local; 01:30 PM IST


Match info:

After winning the 3-day warm-up match against South Africa A, Australia is set to face the real challenge. The first match of the 4 test match series begins tomorrow morning at Kingsmead, Durban. Both the teams have named their squad ahead of the match and are ready to face each other. Australia has not lost a Test series on South African soil since 1992. Moreover, both the sides have won a test series recently on their soil and it will be interesting to watch South Africa attempting to beat Australia in front of their home crowd.


Pitch report:

South Africa is planning to slow things when they host Australia as they are probably not used to slow pitches. This might help SA counter Australia’s sheer pace attack and indeed beat them.


Venue Stats:

Avg 1st inn score-299

Avg 2nd inn score-266

Avg 3rd inn score-261

Avg 4th inn score-198

Highest Total-658/9 (166.2 Ov) by RSA vs WI

Lowest Total-66/10 (34.1 Ov) by Ind vs RSA

Highest Chased-340/5 (104.5 Ov) by RSA vs Aus

Lowest Defended-166/10 (79.3 Ov) by NZ vs RSA    


SA Team News:

  • Africa has named a squad for their 1st and 2nd test match
  • SA is expecting a full strength team in first test match with the return of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, and Vernon Philander
  • However, these players are still risky
  • Faf du Plessis is expected to lead the team
  • Temba Bavuma is still injured and will not play this match
  • Theunis de Bruyn may get to play this match as SA is planning to play with an extra batsman
  • There are no more changes


SA Squad:

Faf du Plessis(c), Temba Bavuma, Heinrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel, Willem Mulder, Kagiso Rabada


SA Probable Playing 11:

Faf du Plessis (c), Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel


AUS Team News:

  • Skipper Steven Smith will take the charge
  • The skipper has named an unchanged playing 11 that thrashed England by an inning at SCG


AUS Squad:

Steven Smith(c), Jhye Richardson, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland, Chadd Sayers


AUS Probable Playing 11:

Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood


Key Players:


Aiden Markram

Dean Elgar

Hasim Amla

They were in good touch with bat against IND

Keshav Maharaj

Maharaj will be of great importance on slow pitches

Kagiso Rabada

Rabada was amongst the most successful bowlers in test series against IND


Mitchell Starc

Pat Cummins

Josh Hazlewood

These three constitute Australia’s sheer pace attack

Steve Smith

Smith has an average of 130+ and has scored 687 runs in last 7 innings


Please note: The SA vs AUS match preview we are providing here is based on our research and understanding. Please choose your own playing 11 from the squad listed above.


India Fantasy Tip: As this is the first match of the series, it is a bit difficult to predict the match. Moreover, we will suggest you to pick an equal number of players from both the squad.


SA Vs AUS Dream 11 Team Predictions-



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