When Australia plays South Africa at Test level starting on Saturday, it will be the first time since the infamous “Sandpaper-gate” series that they will face one of cricket’s most hostile pace assaults. South Africa’s bowlers have a reputation for being among the sport’s most aggressive.
Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen are all fast bowlers for the tourists, and they are all capable of launching rockets down the wicket at the Gabba in Brisbane at speeds of up to 140 kilometres per hour (90 miles per hour).
In stark contrast to this, the West Indies were unable to put up much of a fight against the home team as they were beaten by 164 runs in Perth and then hammered by 419 runs in Adelaide just a week ago.
Pat Cummins, who has recovered from his injury, will replace Steve Smith as captain of the Australian cricket team. Smith added that playing South Africa would be a “nice challenge.”
Smith, who will pad up against the visitors for the first time in red-ball cricket since he was sent home in disgrace after the cheating row of 2018, said, “Hopefully we can continue the way we’ve started the summer.” This will be Smith’s first match in red-ball cricket since he was sent home in disgrace in 2018.
Sandpaper was used by Australia in an effort to change the ball during a test match in Cape Town, which rocked the world of cricket. As a consequence of what happened, Smith and David Warner were expelled for an entire year.
According to Smith, all of that is firmly in the past.
“The cricket we’ve played over the past four and a half years we’ve played in the right way, we’ve been hard and played in the right spirit,” he said. “We’ve been hard and played in the right spirit.”
“So, nothing changes for us; we’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing and hopefully play some good, exciting cricket,”
Despite the fact that Smith is currently in excellent form and recently made a double century against the West Indies, his batting average of 41.53 versus South Africa in nine tests is one of his lowest.
Smith, though, stated that he believes he is in a good spot and that he is batting nicely.
Marnus Labuschagne, who was born in South Africa, is in electric form after scoring a double century and two tonnes against the West Indies. He also took two wickets in the match.
But Warner is having a rough patch right now, since the company hasn’t hit the three-figure mark in nearly two years.
He will be participating in the 99th iteration of the test and will be eager to make an impression