“It looks like a traditional SCG wicket. It might turn a bit so probably at its best on day one. We’ve got three changes. Cam Green and Starcy injury. Scott Boland misses out on this one. Josh Hazlewood, Matt Renshaw, and Ash Agar come in. Always difficult, especially having someone like Scott who has done fantastically well for us. We thought about [another seamer], it comes down to are we confident of taking 20 wickets with the four guys, and in this case we are. This is as close as we’re going to get to India here in Australia so it would be good to see Ash have a go after a little while and Matty as well.”
“I would have also batted but the toss isn’t working is it? It seems like a very good wicket here. It looks a little bit dry hence why both teams have gone with the extra spinner. We need a massive improvement in all aspects. We’re going with a different team composition thinking that on this type of surface, we can give ourselves the best chance to compete and give us win. We need to improve with the bat. Simon Harmer comes in for Lungi Ngidi and Heinrich Klaasen comes in for Theunis de Bruyn.”
Pitch and weather: SCG curator Adam Lewis compared the pitch to an SCG surface of 10 years ago and was excited about the potential return to the old characteristics. The Sheffield Shield surface when New South Wales played Western Australia in November turned. There are significant showers and thunderstorms forecast for the opening, but there is hope they will largely come in the evening. Further showers are possible during the match.
Australia vs South Africa Highlights today. 3rd Test, Sydney Cricket Ground, Wednesday 4-1-2023, South Africa tour of Australia 2022/23.
Australia chose to bat.
Australia team: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Renshaw Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
South Africa team: Dean Elgar (capt) Sarel Erwee, Heinrich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Head to Head In Test’s: 100
Australia Won: 54
South Africa Won: 26
Australia Test Rankings: 1st
South Africa Test Rankings: 3rd
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
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Match Timings: 11:30 PM GMT | 10:30 AM Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire – Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Donovan Koch
Match number – Test no. 2488