South Africa vs Australia
1st Test at Durban, Australia tour of South Africa
In what is being viewed as the another high-profile series of 2018, South Africa and Australia are set to resume their age-old rivalry. After squashing England aside 4-0 in the Magellan Ashes, Australia would be looking to extend their purple patch and maintain their proud record of not losing an away Test series to the Proteas.
South Africa panning to slow down the pace:
After their ploy of employing spicy wickets in the recently concluded series against India to devastating effects, that saw their home advantage reversed by a rampaging Indian team, South Africa who amazingly haven’t won a home series against the Aussies since their readmission to cricket, would be looking to nullify Australia’s pace attack by slowing things down a couple of notches, meaning the role of spinner Keshav Maharaj, who played a substantial role in his team’s win down under in 2016, assumes great importance.
Key Players to watch out for:
Apart from the famed trio of Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood, South Africa would have to wary of a certain Steve Smith, who scored 687 runs across 7 innings with a jaw-dropping average of 137.40. The series would ultimately be decided as to how the middle order of both teams adjust to the conditions and hence the role of de Villiers and du Plessis and their counterparts Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja would assume prime importance.
Here’s everything you need to know about the first Test between South Africa and Australia:
Form Guide for both teams (Recent matches first)
SOUTH AFRICA: LWWWW
South Africa – Australia Test Series:When and Where to watch
The first of the 4-Test between South Africa Australia will be played on March 1, 2018 at the Kingsmead in Durban.
The Test series between South Africa and Australia will be broadcasted on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD.
The viewers can catch the coverage of the Test match from 1:30 PM IST.
Viewers can catch the online coverage of Australia’s tour of South Africa via live streaming on SONY LIV app.
Australia (XI) : David Warner, Steve Smith (C), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (WK), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.
South Africa (15-member squad) : Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar. Temba Bavuma, AB de Villiers, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (WC), Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.