Australia ready to start their battle against South Africa at home with first of three-match test series starting on Thursday (03 November) at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth. This series gives home side an opportunity to take revenge of their humiliating loss in One-Day series concluded on 12 October. They ended their five-match ODI campaign without registering a single win on their tour to South Africa.
However, this is different format which demands determination, patience, skills, focus and lot more. Australia holds an edge over visitors due to advantage over home condition. Steven Smith men will look to make a good and positive start to what looks like a tough challenge.
David Warner, also vice-captain of Aussie side will have responsibility to give good start along with either Shaun Marsh or Usman Khawaja. Shaun Marsh is likely to open with Warner and Usman Khawaja can be seen serving among top middle-order batting line-up.
Aussies have strong batting line-up which include classy Adam Voges and captain himself who knows how to tackle difficult situations. Presence of Mitchell Marsh give more strength to batting order because of his ability to contribute with bat.
Nathon Lyon, whose 210 Test wickets from 57 matches has been loaded with responsibility in spin department while Mitchell Starc, a threatening fast bowler who has potential to dismantle any batting order will lead pace attack along with Josh Hazelwood and Peter Siddle. Selection of Joe Mennie may have raised problem of plenty because he has been in brilliant form recently.
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South Africa tour of Australia, 2016 – Full Squads
Australia Squad: Steve Smith, David Warner, Josh Hazelwood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Peter Nevill, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges
South Africa Squad: Faf du Plessis(c), Kyle Abbott, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilas
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