South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Cape Town
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While Australia go into the third Test in Cape Town with nothing to lose and with their heads held high, South Africa have all to play for.
After a couple of really disciplined and brilliant performances, Australia find themselves sitting pretty at the top again having retained the ICC Test Championship trophy. The exuberance of youth played its part in doing what noone really expected them to do and now, with the series already in their bag, Australia would surely like to rub it in and go for a whitewash and by no means take it as a dead rubber situation.
South Africa on the other hand have a lot of thinking to do before the match though. After Smith's injury and sacking of McKenzie, they go into the match with a completely new opening pair of Imraan Khan and Ashwell Prince, who was earlier an integral part of the team in the middle order but lost his place to the outstanding JP Duminy.
Meanwhile, South Africa have also dropped one brother for the other ala the Waugh brothers, with Morne making way for Albie.
The tables have turned within no time and with the Aussies now being thought of as the favourites for this one too, South Africa should be pleased going into the match as underdogs and will be looking to surprise the champions again. For that to happen though, they will have to come up with plans to conquer a lot of things.
The arsenal of Australia now boasts of the new sensations Phil Hughes at the top of the order, Marcus North in the middle and then they have Mitchell Johnson to take care of once they come out to bat, who has become all the more lethal after adding the in swinger to his armoury. Not to forget are the inform Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and the likes of Siddle and Hilfenhaus, all of whom have contributed to the success of the team.
South Africa therefore must be hoping for, to start of with, the toss to go their way atleast, which they have now lost to Ponting all this summer. Plus, they will be pinning their batting hopes on the likes of Kallis, Duminy and de Villiers. Dale Steyn too needs to fire for them. All in all, it promises to be one more exciting match between two teams, who many would say are as good as the other.
Australia are likely to go in with the same team for the third test too. However there are chances of McGain being given a chance to prove his worth with the Ashes coming up. If that happens, McDonald might be rested.
South Africa are set to make 3 changes to the team they had gone in with in the first two tests. Imraan Khan will make his debut as an opener and giving him company at the top will be Ashwell Prince. Also, Albie Morkel will be seen making his debut. They will replace McKenzie, Morne Morkel and the injured skipper Graeme Smith.
Newlands, Cape Town, at the foot of the Table mountains is one of the most picturesque ground in the world. The pitch here tends to support the spinners and is not as quick as the ones we saw in Durban and Johannesburg. This of course might play a serious role in the selection of the teams. The weather is expected to be sunny all throughout the course of the match.
"We've been a little bit too short, we've been a little bit too full. We haven't been able to hit that in-between length. Albie possesses that ability and can swing the ball back into the left-hander, one of the areas we identified against both [Marcus] North and [Phillip] Hughes and haven't been able to exploit," coach Arthur backing the decision to pick Albie ahead of his brother.
"It put a bit of a smile on my face when it came about. I knew I'd done all the hard work in the nets. It wasn't like it just happened out of the blue," said Johnson, the smiling assassin.
South Africa (From): Ashwell Prince, Imraan Khan, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis(c), AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mark Boucher(w), Albie Morkel, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell
Australia (From): Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting(c), Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey, Marcus North, Brad Haddin(w), Mitchell Johnson, Doug Bollinger, Peter Siddle, Bryce McGain, Ben Hilfenhaus, Andrew McDonald, Brett Geeves, Nathan Hauritz, Steve Magoffin
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