Australia vs South Africa Match Preview
The Australian summer is all set to unfold with South Africa the visitors in the first half. The four-match test series starts on Friday with the first test in Brisbane. There has been plenty of talk about the series already and fans on both sides are anxious for the action.
Will we see a resurgent Australian side?
South Africa have arrived as the No. 1 ranked team in test matches but they are aware that the feat could slip away if they lose the series. Australia's resurgence on the test circuit has progressed well and a series-win will see the team back at the helm once again. It will still be a new beginning of sorts for them as they play their first test match in more than six months.
South Africa have not played at the Gabba in a test match since 1963. That leaves them at a slight disadvantage but the benefit they enjoy is that they have a settled looking lineup under the captaincy of Graeme Smith.
Hashim Amla holds the pivotal number three spot after scoring heavily in England. Further stability is provided by Jacques Kallis who is almost certainly on his last test tour of Australia. The bowling attack is led by Dale Steyn who is fired up after Australian coach Mickey Arthur's jibe at the pacer. Imran Tahir stands a better chance to make the playing eleven as the visitors are likely to resist playing four fast bowlers.
Australia mark their return to test cricket though their preparations have been a little uncertain. Injury concerns have shrouded their preparation.
Shane Watson will miss out and that has meant a test cap for Rob Quiney who has impressed in domestic cricket across all formats. Quiney will bat at number three while Ed Cowan will partner David Warner at the top of the order. This leaves a fragile batting top and South Africa would be eager to exploit it.
The match will start at 10.00am local time in Brisbane.