Sport Comment: Australia well set for South Africa Test tour

01:50  08 january  2018
01:50  08 january  2018 Source:   The Roar

Comment: England’s Test record away from home is awful

  Comment: England’s Test record away from home is awful Australia’s Test team often is lambasted as ‘home track bullies’, yet England’s record on the road is much worse, with the Ashes tourists ranked a lowly seventh away from home on wins, while Australia are first.&nbsp; Australia <g class="gr_ gr_36 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" data-gr-id="36" id="36">look</g> to stonewall England.Australia undoubtedly need to improve on the road, yet it would shock many cricket fans to learn they have won easily more away matches than any other nation in recent years.

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After a summer of shock selections, Australia’s Test XI is set in stone for next month’s tour of South Africa, with the one exception being uncertainty about rookie opener Cameron Bancroft.

The bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon picks itself, Tim Paine has nailed down the keeper spot, the Marsh brothers are on fire, and Usman Khawaja is back in the runs.

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SuperSport Park, Centurion. Series. Australia tour of South Africa 2013/14. Toss. South Africa , elected to field first. Mitchell Johnson's match haul of 12 for 127 are the best by a fast bowler against South Africa since their readmission into Test cricket.

Affected by ill-health on the 1931-32 tour of Australia and New Zealand, Mitchell disappointed with 1048 runs at 34.93. His innings of 128 in the final Test set South Africa on the path to 476, which made them safe from defeat, and assured them of winning the series.

Unfortunately for Bancroft, who has laboured in his debut Test series, he is unlikely to get another chance to bat in this fifth Test, with England in dire straits at 4-93 still needing another 211 runs to make Australia bat again.

Cameron Bancroft of Australia (left) reacts after being bowled out by Chris Woakes of England on day four of the Boxing Day Test match between Australia and England. © AAP Image/Julian Smith Cameron Bancroft of Australia (left) reacts after being bowled out by Chris Woakes of England on day four of the Boxing Day Test match between Australia and England. Not only has Bancroft averaged just 25, he’s also looked vulnerable to fuller deliveries pitched on and around off stump, an awful weakness for an opening batsman. South Africa’s skilful pace attack would pepper the top of his off stump, ensuring that this technical shortcoming was tested constantly.

It’s doubtful Bancroft will play in that series. Most likely the selectors will look to either to elevate Shaun Marsh to open, a position where he’s had generous success previously, or reinstate one of Joe Burns or Matt Renshaw. The former has been in fine form in the Sheffield Shield, with 514 runs at 57.

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South Africa in Australia Test Series 1931/32. We use cookies to help make this website better , to improve our services and for advertising purposes.

Australia won by an innings and 72 runs. SummarySummary. ScorecardScorecard. 11/02Result. South Africa in Australia Test Series 1931/32.

Renshaw, meanwhile, has had a wretched season but he could yet vault himself back into the Test team should he make a big knock in the next round of the Shield, after which the squad for South Africa should be announced. While he’s only an outside chance of returning for that series, the selectors could be swayed by Renshaw’s ability to blunt the new ball, which is a crucial attribute in South African conditions.

Otherwise, the selectors should have an easy time picking the squad to take on the Proteas.

Australia's Usman Khawaja hits a four during Day 3 of the Fifth Test cricket match between Australia and England. © AAP Image/David Moir Australia's Usman Khawaja hits a four during Day 3 of the Fifth Test cricket match between Australia and England. Khawaja’s fluid 171 in this SCG Test has eased any concerns about his form, while Shaun Marsh (156) and Mitch Marsh (101) both signed off with centuries yesterday.

Australia’s long-shaky middle order now looks solid thanks to that pair and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who has made 192 runs at 48 this series. Yet again yesterday Paine made batting look easy. While he will face far sterner challenges in South Africa, he looks to have the temperament and technique to counter their pace.

Comment: David Warner needs a new opening partner for South Africa

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Marsh played really well until this one, they may have be tempted into trying their luck with the review. Australia are mauling South Africa . Steyn played the ball on the back foot towards mid-on and set off. Newlands, Cape Town. Series. Australia tour of South Africa 2011/12.

Morkel had complete control over Hussey over that period and really set this up, this was pitched up a bit more from round the wicket, on South Africa win by a whopping 309 runs and take the series 1-0 and retain the Test mace. W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth. Series. South Africa tour of Australia 2012/13.

While champion paceman Dale Steyn is now injured again, harming his preparation for the series against Australia, South Africa still have three other world-class quicks in Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel. Australia’s one advantage in that series will be in the spin department.

Proteas tweaker Keshav Maharaj has made a great start to his Test career but Australia played him well last summer, as he averaged 40 across two Tests.

Australia's Pat Cummins (centre) celebrates with teammates after England's James Vince was caught out by Steve Smith from his delivery during Day 4 of the Fifth Test. © AAP Image/David Moir Australia's Pat Cummins (centre) celebrates with teammates after England's James Vince was caught out by Steve Smith from his delivery during Day 4 of the Fifth Test. Nathan Lyon, meanwhile, is the form Test spinner in the world, having grabbed 61 wickets at 22 in the past 12 months.

Yesterday Lyon produced one of the balls of the summer to castle English veteran Alastair Cook. Speared in towards Cook’s pads, the delivery turned sharply and then clipped the top of off stump as the Englishman was caught on the crease.

Dawid Malan was also beaten in the flight by Lyon, playing back to a ball which demanded he come forward. When Malan was adjudged LBW England slid to 4-68 and their chances of avoiding defeat all but disappeared.

Joe Root (42*) and Jonny Bairstow (17*) offered some resistance and at least one of them will have to construct a monumental knock today to save England from a 4-0 series loss.

Despite Kohli heroics, South Africa leads India by 118 runs .
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