7:00 PM (AEDST) Thursday, March 22 at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town
South Africa will be looking to take the lead in the series against Australia when the two sides clash again in the third test, starting this Thursday.
Australia: Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazelwood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Shawn Harsh.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Keshav Maharaj, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quentin de Kock, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.
There has been 25 Test series played between these sides, with Australia winning 15 to South Africa’s 5, with 5 series drawn. 94 Test matches have been played with Australia winning 50 to the Proteas 24 while 20 games have been drawn. South Africa won the last series 2-1 in 2016. South Africa won the previous encounter.
Australia’s home summer series saw them win the Ashes in a commanding series win over England, winning 4 games to nil. Prior to that series they had been kept to a 1 all drawn series with Bangladesh, which saw them lose their first ever game to Bangladesh in Test cricket. Australia batted first in the first test of this series and scored a solid 351 before Starc and Lyon ripped through the home side. Australia gave South Africa 417 to win, but they fell 118 runs short. In the second Test Australian batsmen failed to fire as the host side claimed a comfortable win by 6 wickets.
South Africa scored a 2-1 series win against India back in January on home soil. Their only other Test cricket in the last 6 months was a big win in a one-off test against Zimbabwe and two months prior saw South Africa hammer Bangladesh 2-0, scoring two huge wins. They failed to fire in the first innings of the first test here with both bat and ball, which allowed the visitors to set up a healthy lead. They’ll take plenty of good from the great improvement they displayed in their second digs with bat and ball despite losing. South Africa’s batting was greatly improved, as was their bowling, with AB de Villiers bouncing back to form with a brilliant ton.
Rabada v Australia – Rabada had a fiery last Test and has been cleared to play here. He’ll be targeted heavily.
The pitch is expected to be a greentop which will work in the favour of the hosts.
South Africa $2.25