Hosts Australia will be looking to complete a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series when they face Australia in the third and final game, which begins on Wednesday at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Captain Pat Cummins will be pleased with his team’s performances in the first two Tests, which were held in Brisbane and Melbourne. Australia currently leads the three-match Test series 2-0.
South Africa’s woes, on the other hand, persisted in the previous Test, and it appears unlikely that things will improve for the visitors in this dead rubber. Captain Dean Elgar will need to lead from the front and perform admirably with the bat.
The 3rd Test between Australia vs South Africa will take place on January 4th, 2023 at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.
Match Details to Note
Match: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, South Africa Tour of Australia 2022-2023
Date: January 04, 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00 AM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
The hosts will make no changes to their starting lineup for the series’ third and final game against South Africa.
The onus will be on batsmen like David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, and Marnus Labuschagne to deliver the majority of the runs.
David Warner found form with the bat for Australia in the Boxing Day Test, scoring a magnificent double century against South Africa. The left-hander will be eager to maintain his strong form for Australia.
Pat Cummins, Scott Boland, and Mitchell Starc have all performed admirably with the new ball.
Nathan Lyon and medium-pacer Cameron Green are Australia’s other prominent bowling options for the SCG Test.
Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cam Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Marnus Labuschagne, Lance Morris, Michael Neser, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner
Possible Playing XI:
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
Rassie van der Dussen, Simon Harmer, and Heinrich Klaasen will replace Theunis De Bruyn, Lungi Ngidi, and Khaya Zondo in the visitors’ lineup for the new year’s Test at SCG.
The side will rely on in-form wicket-keeper Kyle Verreynne, who has been South Africa’s leading run-scorer in this series with 149 runs at an average of 37.25.
Temba Bavuma, an experienced batsman, found form in the previous game in Melbourne. He batted well in the second innings, scoring 65 runs off 144 balls and hitting six boundaries.
Earlier in the match, South Africa posted 189 runs in their first innings thanks to half-centuries from wicket-keeper Kyle Verreynne and Marco Jansen.
South Africa’s standout bowler has been pacer Kagiso Rabada, who has 10 wickets to his name. Anrich Nortje has been outstanding in short spells for the visitors, while Simon Harmer and Keshav Maharaj will be South Africa’s spin options in this dead rubber.
Dean Elgar (c), Temba Bavuma, Gerald Coetzee, Theunis de Bruyn, Sarel Erwee, Simon Harmer, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Lizaad Williams, Khaya Zondo, Glenton Stuurman
Possible Playing XI:
Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Theunis de Bruyn/Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo/ Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi/Simon Harmer
Australia vs South Africa Head to Head
Australia vs South Africa Head to Head Stats in Tests
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Australia vs South Africa Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss prefers to bat first and score runs. The pitch will include something for bowlers.
Australia vs South Africa Pitch Report
The third and final Test match between Australia and South Africa will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia has never lost a Test match at this venue against South Africa.
The pitch at Sydney Cricket Ground has traditionally been batsman friendly, with some assistance for spinners. The weather forecast for the Sydney Test predicts rain for the entire five-day match.
Australia vs South Africa Prediction
On current form, Australia will be overwhelming favourites to defeat South Africa. Expect Australia to dominate the final Test against South Africa, with bowlers delivering back-to-back clinical performances and David Warner’s return to form.
South Africa, on the other hand, will need to bat exceptionally well in order to win this match. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Australia is the favourite to beat South Africa at the odds of 1.11.
Australia vs South Africa Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Travis Head’s last four international appearances have yielded scores of 155, 99, 175 and 92. The 28-year-old is in excellent form and is a strong contender to be Australia’s leading run-scorer in this Test.