South Africa will be looking to bounce back straight away after defeat to Australia in the 1st Test when they take to the field in Durban on Friday. The Test was a great up and down contest between the two equally matched sides and also with a competitive pitch it was a contest between bat and ball for a refreshing change.
The Kingsmead pitch traditionally offers plenty of pace and bounce, if the reports are to be believed it is expected to play to form so a repeat of the 1st Test might be in store for us again. It remains to be seen how well the inexperienced Australian bowling attack will adapt to playing two tests back to back whereas the South Africans have a settled side well used to this sort of situation and they will be looking to put the record straight after a disappointing performance with the ball in Johannesburg – particularly Morne Morkel.
South Africa make one change to their twelve man squad with Lonwabo Tsotsobe dropping out through injury and being replaced by the older Morkel brother Albie, the only other issue for them is whether Albie might come in for spinner Paul Harris as the pitch here is not spinner friendly.
Despite adding Steve Magoffin and Brett Greeves to the squad as cover Australia look set to go into the Test with the same eleven that triumphed in the 1st Test, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus both look set to shake off their injuries well enough to play their part and captain Ricky Ponting is reluctant to change a winning team.
South Africa – Smith(C), McKenzie, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, Duminy, Boucher(WK), Morkel, Harris, Steyn, Ntini.
Australia – Hughes, Katich, Ponting(C), Hussey, Clarke, North, Haddin(WK), McDonald, Johnson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus.
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