Watch Aus v SA 2nd commonwealth bank test day 1 full highlights today from Bellerive Oval, Hobart (Australia), Saturday 12th November 2016. After the gaining victory in the first match, now South Africa looking again for that kind of performance and home ground team Australia also looking much hungrier for this time because they already lost a match.
If South Africa won the toss absolutely they will choose to bowl first and this time they will not give Australia a little of width. At this ground, Australia is much stronger than all other teams according to previous stats of the ground.
583 runs had been scored in this ground by Australia v WI with four down on 10 Dec 2015 it means this highest total of this ground is not much older. Top seven highest totals of this ground are scored by Australians and this time it will not an easy task for South Africa to beat their opponents. See what will happen in this match today.
Toss: South Africa win the toss and choose to bowl.
South Africa team
SC Cook, D Elgar, HM Amla, JP Duminy, F du Plessis*, T Bavuma, Q de Kock†, VD Philander, KJ Abbott, K Rabada, KA Maharaj.
DA Warner, JA Burns, UT Khawaja, SPD Smith*, AC Voges, CJ Ferguson, PM Nevill†, MA Starc, JM Mennie, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon.
The Bellerive Oval pitch is typically very good for batting in Test matches, and there is no reason to expect anything different this year. However, rain is expected on at least the first two days, and overcast conditions should help the fast bowlers swing the ball. South Africa will also be forced to make one change due to the shoulder injury suffered by Dale Steyn in Perth.
Kyle Abbott appears to have the front-running to replace Steyn, although Morne Morkel would come under consideration if passed fit. There is also the possibility that South Africa might choose four fast men given the conditions. Spinner Keshav Maharaj trained indoors on Friday, separate from the rest of the group, and is by no means a guaranteed starter. Dwaine Pretorius will not arrive in Hobart until Saturday, so a four-man pace attack would mean both Abbott and Morkel in the XI.
At least two changes will be necessary for Australia, with Shaun Marsh and Siddle both out injured. Joe Burns will, therefore, resume his partnership with David Warner at the top of the order and fast bowler Mennie will make his Test debut. But there is also the chance of a third change, with Mitchell Marsh under pressure after the inclusion of Callum Ferguson in the squad.
Captain Steven Smith said on the eve of the game there was a chance Australia would go in with “six genuine batsmen”, especially with the prospect of bad weather in Hobart, which would ease the workload on the bowlers. Adam Voges tweaked a hamstring in Perth but passed a fitness test on Friday and is expected to play.
Test no. 2233 | 2016/17 season
Played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart
12,13,14,15,16 November 2016 (5-day match)
Umpires – Aleem Dar and RA Kettleborough
TV umpire – NJ Llong
Match referee – AJ Pycroft
Reserve umpire – MD Martell