South Africa are preparing for a home series against Australia, which gets underway next month. The first of three Tests begins on February 12 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion between two of the in-form teams in world cricket.
Later in the month, the sides will meet again at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, while the Third Test takes place at Newlands in Cape Town.
Australia come into this series after winning the Ashes against their foes, England. They were successful in claiming the urn following a 5-0 whitewash scoreline on home soil, a result that surprised many betting pundits.
Michael Clarke’s men are currently involved in a one-day series before they travel across. Their first game in Africa will come against a South African Invitational XI, which will act as a warm-up tie before the opening Test.
The last time the two sides met in Test cricket was in 2012 in Australia as the Proteas came away with a 1-0 series win. The first two matches in Brisbane and Adelaide were both drawn, but they were successful in Perth to seal the series.
South Africa were also winners of their recent series against India. They played two matches against the visitors. In the First Test, they almost completed a world record chase but ran out of time in a draw. Their target was 458 in the second innings, in which they finished on 450/7.
They did though wrap up the series in a 10 wicket success in Durban in the Boxing Day Test. India were bowled out for 334 and 223, while the hosts made 500 in their opening innings and completed the job at 50/0 next time at the crease.
South Africa will start as the 4/5 favourites in the cricket betting to continue their unbeaten run in the format of the game.