South Africa vs Australia Match Preview
Amid Warner-De Kock saga which doesn't seem to end, the two teams have been prepping to lock horns in the 2nd Test at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth. Australia won by 118 runs, having outplayed the home team for the most part of the match. The off-field tussle makes the matchup all the more exciting.
Date and time: 09 March, 01:30 PM IST
Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Theunis de Bruyn played a good hand in the second innings, but Temba Bavuma or Wiaan Mulder can get in for him. Lungisani Ngidi can replace Morne Morkel in the playing XI.
Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel/ Lungisani Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis (c), Theunis de Bruyn/ Temba Bavuma/ Wiaan Mulder, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj
Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Wiaan Mulder, Lungisani Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada
Australia have named an unchanged XI for the 2nd Test.
Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Tim Paine (wk), Steven Smith (c), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Cameron Bancroft
Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Tim Paine (wk), Steven Smith (c), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Cameron Bancroft, Jon Holland, Chadd Sayers, Peter Handscomb, Jhye Richardson
South Africa: AB de Villiers will again be the prized wicket for Australians. Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj and Quinton de Kock are among others who will take confidence from their performances in the first game.
Australia: Captain Steve Smith will be the key scalp for South Africans. Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Starc are others who had a good outing in the last game.
Australia dominated for the most part of the Durban Test and the home team was found wanting on most occasions. South Africans can come out stronger and might level the series here. It is an evenly poised contest that can swing either way.
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It will be aired in India on Sony Ten 1 & Sony Ten 3.