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South Africa vs Australia 1st Test Preview

The first test against Australia takes place at the Wanderers tomorrow at 10.30am (8.30am GMT) with South Africa fielding an unchanged side. The Australians are in tatters, with as many as 3 debuts handed out tomorrow, its fair to say they are in a new and unchartered phase for a team that has for so long dominated the game. It is debateable as to whether they are rebuilding or realising the loss or Warne, McGrath and Hayden can have on a side, and look a fraction of the team that played in the last ashes series

Australia have won the last three Tests between the two sides at the Wanderers and two of the successes were innings victories however Australia can be thankful the weather will be kind to them with showers predicted during the test, which will certainly hamper the chances of a result.

Apart from the good form the South Africans have shown in the batting department, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn will be difficult to face with the build up indicating that there will be plenty of swing, which should help the Australian bowlers who are lacking in the pace department.

Entering into this test, Jacques Kallis needs 12 runs to become the first South African to reach 10,000 and  only the 8th player to do so. AB de Villiers will become the fourth South African to play 50 consecutive Tests

Look out for Phil Hughes, a youngster who has set the domestic scene alight this season for Australia and at 20 is the youngest test debut since Craig McDermott in 1984!!!

Tomorrow will be interesting, especially interesting will be what the Australian side looks like, with the below being the probable sides:

1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Neil McKenzie, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Morne Morkel, 9 Paul Harris, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Makhaya Ntini.

1.Phillip Hughes, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 Michael Clarke, 6 Marcus North, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Doug Bollinger, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus, 12 Andrew McDonald.

Australian Test Squad for South Africa

Australia announced their test squad for the tour to South Africa. There has been some comments about the inexperience of the side by some SA cricket writers, however Australia have been one of the best grooming grounds for international cricketers, with most of the players chosen having long and successful careers.

The side has a few surprises and it will be interesting to see how North, Hughes and McGain (a 36 year old spinner) do in South Africa.

Australia Test squad Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North, Andrew McDonald, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle, Doug Bollinger, Bryce McGain, Ben Hilfenhaus