An intense battle is on the cards as Australia play their first series in South Africa since the humiliation of the 2018 Sandpaper gate series.
David Warner and Steve Smith will have a lot to prove after the duo along with Cameron Bancroft had to serve suspension from international series for illegitimate ball tampering during Australia’s previous tour of South Africa.
The duo will be out to salvage some pride, but a barrage of scathing remarks from the home team fans cannot be ruled out. While Australia in the past two years have remerged as a strong force.
The Proteas to have started looking a resurgent unit under new skipper Quinton de Kock, while mentor Mark Boucher is trying hard to regain South African cricket’s glory of the past.
The first T20I of the three match series will be played later today at the Wanderers Ground in Johannesburg.
Australia on their tour of the Rainbow land will be following the 3-match T20I series with as many One Day Internationals against the hosts.
South Africa : Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JJ Smuts, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Quinton de Kock (Captain), Pite van Biljon, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn.
Australia : Aaron Finch (Captain), D Arcy Short, Steven Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Alex Carey (Keeper), Matthew Wade (Keeper), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
The match scheduled to start at 9:30 pm (India time) will be broadcast LIVE and Exclusive on Sony Six SD and Sony Six HD channels. The feel will also be streamed LIVE on SonyLIV.