Adelaide: An almost unrecognizable Australian side will take on buoyant South Africa in the third Test (Day/Night) at the Adelaide Oval is a stadium in Adelaide, South Australia.
In the end, all the verbal and physical spat over the ball-tampering issue, South Africa will have their captain Faf du Plessis available in Adelaide and may or may not change their XI.
As for Australia? They will be unrecognizable – and not just to the public. Three debutants – opener Matt Renshaw and middle-order batsmen Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson – have been confirmed.
Smith even revealed that prior to this week, he had never so much as set eyes on Renshaw. In his column on Cricket Australia’s website, Smith wrote of the squad convening in Adelaide: “I had to quietly ask a couple of the guys who had met Matt beforehand to make sure they pointed him out to me if he happened to walk past.”
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South Africa (probable) 1 Stephen Cook, 2 Dean Elgar, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Faf du Plessis (capt), 6 Temba Bavuma, 7 Quinton de Kock (wk), 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Kyle Abbott, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Keshav Maharaj / Tabraiz Shamsi.
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Matt Renshaw, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Steven Smith (capt), 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Nic Maddinson, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Josh Hazlewood, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Jackson Bird.