2nd Test Preview – South Africa v Australia
Thursday March 9, 7pm AEDT – St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
The Test series between South Africa and Australia has been set-up nicely after the fall-out from Australia’s fiery 112-run victory in the opening Test in Durban. The altercation between David Warner and Quinton de Kock is sure to be a hot topic when these sides clash again in the 2nd Test in Port Elizabeth.
|2nd Test Winner||South Africa ($2.60)|
|South Africa 1st Innings Top Batsman||Dean Elgar ($5)|
|Australia 1st Innings Top Batsman||Steven Smith ($3.20)|
|Top South Africa Bowler (1st Innings)||Morne Morkel ($4)|
|Top Australia Bowler (1st Innings)||Mitchell Starc ($3.20)|
South Africa will be looking to bounce back in the 2nd Test against Australia after falling short by 118 runs in the 1st Test. South Africa was always behind the eight ball in the Test after they could only manage a 1st innings total of 162 in reply to Australia’s 1st innings score of 351. The South Africans had no answer to the reverse swing of Mitchell Starc, with the Aussie quick taking 9 wickets for the match and man of the match honours as well.
South Africa had a few highlights in the 1st Test that they can build on heading into this Test. Off-spinner Keshav Maharaj did everything in his power to get the Proteas across the line, taking 9 wickets for the match. Aiden Markram made a fighting 143 in South Africa’s 2nd innings and it’s this tenacity that South Africa will want to see in Port Elizabeth. The youngster already averages 57.91 in test cricket and already has three test centuries from just the seven matches. Finally, Quinton de Kock was involved in a fiery altercation with David Warner off the field, but showed good fight in the middle, composing 83 in a gallant knock that he can build on in the 2nd Test.
The Proteas have four wins and one draw in their last five Test matches at St George’s Park. They also beat the Australians by 231 runs here back in 2014. Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar and Faf Du Plessis have each made two centuries at this venue.
The Wolf is expecting South Africa to bounce back in a big way after the fireworks in Durban and is more than happy to be on them as outsiders here.
Top South African Batsman (1st Innings)
Dean Elgar made 83 in South Africa’s 1st innings against the Australians when they last played at this venue in 2014. He also has two Test centuries at St George’s Park and averages 75.16 here. Only the great Jacques Kallis has more Test runs here.
Top Australian Batsman (1st Innings)
Steve Smith is averaging 63.41 in Test cricket and is always a lock to be the top Australian run-scorer. He made 56 in the 1st innings in Durban and will be looking for three figures in Port Elizabeth.
Top South African Bowler (1st Innings)
Morne Morkel has taken 16 wickets in his 4 Test matches at St George’s park. He has announced his retirement at the end of this series with Australia and would love a major contribution here to help South Africa level the series at 1-1.
Top Australian Bowler (1st Innings)
Mitchell Starc tore through the South Africans in Durban, with match-figures of 9/109. If he can get the ball reversing like he did at Kingsmead, the South Africans batsman could have some trouble.