Australia (AUS) will host South Africa (SA) in the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, starting on Saturday, December 17. The hosts will be brimming in confidence after a 2-0 whitewash win against the West Indies and will look to continue their stellar form.
The Aussies have been clinical so far during the ongoing summer, with the likes of Marnus Labuschagne and Nathan Lyon standing out. They currently hold the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship and will hope to strengthen their lead.
South Africa, on the other hand, have impressed this year with brilliant performances in England and New Zealand. A lot will depend on the Proteas’ bowling attack, which will hold the key to their fortunes.
Details: Australia (AUS) vs South Africa (SA), 1st Test
Date and Time: 17th December 2022, 5:50 am IST
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
The Gabba is a competitive batting track even though the average score in each innings in the last two Tests is above the 250-run mark. The pacers should get some help in the first half of the Test.
Predicted Playing XIs
Australia (AUS): David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Scott Boland, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), and Nathan Lyon.
South Africa (SA): Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verryenne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Anrich Nortje.
It will be a battle between the bowlers as it has been the case at the Gabba over the years. Australia have a significant chance of winning the Test match and taking a 1-0 lead in the series. However, Betway has placed its bet on South Africa to win the Test match.
AUS vs SA – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Kyle Verryenne, Dean Elgar, Steve Smith (c), Usman Khawaja, Rassie van der Dussen, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland, Kagiso Rabada (vc), Anrich Nortje
Fantasy Team 2: Alex Carey, Dean Elgar, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Travis Head, Marco Jansen, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje (vc)