Australia vs South Africa 2022
1st Test Match
The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia
Dec 17, 2022
- Australia to win.
- Dean Elgar looks in good touch for Proteas while Labuschagne, Smith, and Head are the centurions from the recent series
- Josh Hazlewood will miss this game due to injury and no spot for spinner Mitchell Swepson.
- Out of nine games played in this format this year, Australia has only lost one Test.
Head to Head
The top two sides in the WTC scorecard will square off in the opening Test of the three-match series at The Gabba. This is the first Test match between these two sides since the infamous sandpaper gate’ event in 2018. Australia is in their top shape in the present WTC calendar, with eight wins and one defeat from 12 Tests. Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, and Travis Head are all on top of their game. South Africa is ranked second in the WTC points standings with 6 victories from 10 matches and 60 percent of the standings. This series is critical in the WTC setting since a loss for South Africa may allow other sides to reach the final. Dean Elgar appeared to be in fine form during the practise match versus Cricket Australia XI. The visitors appear to have a formidable squad, with several promising bowling and batting stars. This will be a definite upgrade for the Australians, who have yet to encounter a test at home.
Prior to India’s victory at The Gabba in 2021, Australia had been undefeated in Tests there since 1988. At this location, the average first-inning score is 330 runs, while the average third-inning score is 241 runs.
So much time has passed between Australia’s last Test match against South Africa. Following their ban, the two quality players actually convicted in the sandpaper gate’ scandal reappeared to test cricket. In the second Test against the West Indies, Steve Smith effectively led the Australians in the unavailability of Pat Cummins. A batting all-rounder with the stroke play of Steve Smith is a major thing for Australia in Tests. In the most recent two series against the West Indies, Labuschagne hit 200 and a double hundred. Other Australian centurions were Steve Smith and Travis Head. Another significant event in the Australian Test squad was Usman Khawaja’s comeback during the previous Ashes. He has been a constant competitor at the front and will be an important factor in this game. Due to an injury, Josh Hazlewood is doubtful to play in the first Test against the Proteas. Because the captain is fit and ready to return, neither Boland or Neser will have to sit out. Boland demonstrated his worth during the recent Ashes series, and he is also a little faster than Neser. have been thought.
Dean Elgar and company began their latest WTC campaign with a resounding series victory over India at home. The visitors were heavy contenders to win the series, headed by Virat Kohli. That series victory put South Africa in a good position to compete in the WTC final. South Africa’s most recent Test victory was at Lord’s, where they won by an innings and 12 runs. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje led the assault with seven and six wickets, respectively. As the opening batsman with Dean Elgar, Sarel Erweel also contributed significantly. After that triumph, South Africa were outsmarted by the opponents and ultimately lost the remaining games. In the latest practice game, Elgar’s hundred and fifty apiece from van der Dussen, Theunis de Bruyn, and Verryenne gave the Proteas some optimism. The Gabba provides constant bounce, allowing hitters to play their shots with assurance. South Africa’s team lacks Keegan Petersen, Aide Markram, Wiaan Mulder, and Ryan Rickelton. The Proteas, on the other hand, have stuck with Khaya Zondo, taking in the 32-year-old batter with only two Test games to his record. Together with Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer can provide strength to the batting order. Along with the speed three of Ngidi, Rabada, and Nortje, these two may be essential with the ball.
Probable Playing XIs
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Theunis de Bruyn, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Simon Harmer
Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cam Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Marnus Labuschagne, Lance Morris, Michael Neser, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.
Dean Elgar (c), Temba Bavuma, Gerald Coetzee, Theunis de Bruyn, Sarel Erwee, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Lizaad Williams, Khaya Zondo, Glenton Stuurman.
Australia Team News
The hosts have named a 14-man team for this match, containing the similar players as in the Tests against the West Indies
- Australia was far too powerful for the West Indies, but they will be mindful that South Africa will be a considerably more difficult challenge.
South Africa Team News
- There are still some concerns over the batting combination ahead of this first test.
- Despite the fact that they have a very powerful bowling attack upon arrival in Australia.
Teams batting first among Tests at The Gabba have won 25 of the 66 encounters while 26 were in favor of the side late inning. The side batting first may strive for a large score and place themselves in a good position because of the regular bounce and speed of the wicket.
How to Bet
We are backing Australia. They have a great home benefit, a solid and in-form batting squad, and a steady and dependable pace attack coming into this game. Without a question, the opposition will offer Australia the most difficult task at home this year. The Proteas boast a strong bowling assault as well as a formidable batting squad. Nonetheless, Australia’s recent form and entire team strength put them prediction favorites. Bet on Australia to win.
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