Preview: 2nd Test – Australia v South Africa
Australia will be hoping for a positive response in the 2nd Test after a poor start to the three-match series in Perth.
After day one at the WACA it looked like Australia would build a big first innings lead, however the visitors fought back impressively and went on to claim a 177-run win.
Australia has been forced into a couple of changes with Shaun Marsh and Peter Siddle succumbing to injuries and will be replaced by Joe Burns and Joe Mennie respectively.
South Australian Callum Ferguson has also been called into the Australian squad and is a chance to debut in Hobart with question marks over the fitness of Adam Voges and the performance of Mitch Marsh.
South Africa’s performance in Perth was made all the more impressive by the tiny contributions made by stars Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla.
Steyn has returned home to South Africa after fracturing his right shoulder, while Amla scored just one run over the two innings.
The Proteas should make just the one change for Hobart with Morne Morkel replacing Steyn in eleven.
There’s no doubt Australia need to sort out there batting with a heavy reliance on David Warner and Steve Smith for runs. The positions of Voges and Marsh will come under more scrutiny (if that’s possible) if they fail to deliver in Hobart.
Australia’s first innings attack on South Africa’s top order provided a great start for the hosts and early inroads from Mitchell Starc and co. are going to help stifle the Proteas long batting line-up.
Kagiso Rabada and JP Duminy headlined a long list of South Africa’s standouts in the opening match. The Perth conditions certainly helped the tourists, and a green seamer in Hobart will be a contrast to what they had in Perth.
The only downside to the 2nd Test is the weather, with Hobart expecting rain for the first three days of the match. As a result the bookies have the draw as the favourite outcome.
1st – November 7-11, WACA Ground, Perth – South Africa won by 177 runs
2nd Test – November 12-16, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Australia – Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitch Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Joe Mennie, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood. Callum Ferguson (12th man)
South Africa – Faf Du Plessis (c), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada
3rd Test – November 24-28, Adelaide Oval (D/N)