After whitewashing England 5-0 in the Ashes, Australia is on a roll under the leadership of Michael Clarke. The Aussies now would like to prove that they are the best team of the world by defeating South Africa in their own den.
The first of the 3-match Sunfoil Test Series between the Proteas and the Kangaroos will begin tomorrow at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
South Africa win the toss and choose to bowl.
This will be the first Test for South Africa since the retirement of their batting legend Jacques Kallis. Faf du Plessis is expected to be promoted to no.4 the spot that has been vacated by Kallis’ retirement.
The 1st SA vs Aus Sunfoil Test will be played from Feb 12-16, 2014. The match timings are 10:30 local/08:30 GMT/14:00 IST. The toss and team news will be updated here soon.
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The South Africans are also likely to play Ryan McLaren as the bowling all-rounder at no.7 which was earlier occupied by Faf du Plessis.
Although the Aussies are in great form, it is the Proteas who will go into the Test match as favorites given that they are the home side.
Australia despite winning 5-0 against England showed that their batting line-up is extremely unpredictable. In the present squad, Skipper Michael Clarke is the only big name in the batting line-up while the others are yet to prove themselves at the highest level.
The First Sunfoil Test between South Africa and Australia will be beamed live on SuperSport 2 in South Africa. The feeds will be shown on Fox Sports in Australia, Sky Sports in the UK, Star Sports 2 in Asia. The live streaming can be watched at the official website of SuperSports here or HERE.
Australia’s strength clearly lies in its fast bowling assets which includes Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has played his part as well in taking key wickets.
The highlights videos can be watched at Cricket Australia’s website here.
South Africa is a better all-round side than Australia with most of its batsmen having plenty of experience. Their bowling unit is also fabulous with the trio of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.
However, their weakness will be in the spin department with Robin Peterson not quite a wicket taking or a run stopping option.
South Africa would be advised to use JP Duminy as the spinning option instead of playing Peterson just for the sake of having a specialist spinner.