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16 December 2022 - 19:20 

World - World Test Championship

Australia
Australia
VS
South Africa
South Africa

Prediction :

Marnus Labuscagne to score 50 runs

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Australia vs South Africa Prediction & Betting Tips - World | World Test Championship

 by Yunchu Li |

South Africa heads down under for what’s expected to be a fiery encounter against Australia at the Gabba this Saturday in the first of three tests. The two last met in 2018 at Newlands in Cape Town in a match that went down in history for the infamous ball-tampering scandal involving Aussie swing bowler Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, and David Warner. Both Smith and Warner are expected to be included in the Wallabies line-up for the upcoming series and will no doubt be looking to make amends on home turf. Australia head into this test series riding a high after dispatching the West Indies in a two-match test series earlier in the month. Marnus Labuscagne headlined that series and has been in incredible form of late. Labuscagne is now the ICC’s top-ranked test batsman for 2022 and scored three centuries in his last four innings. The South African-born batsman will be chomping at the bit to extend his good form against familiar foes whose pace attack will pose a very different challenge to that of the West Indies.

The Proteas are currently ranked second on the ICC standings, behind only their opponents, and will want to take a step closer to booking their place in the World Test Championship final in London next year. South Africa’s form in recent times has been poor, to say the least. Prior to their abrupt exit from the World T20 tournament, they were beaten 2-1 by India in both the ODI and T20 formats, following a 3-match test series defeat by England in September. The visitors have dominated this fixture in the recent past, winning the last 3 test series against Australia in 2008, 2012, and 2017. However, it’s fairly evident that the current South African squad statistically is not as good as those that emerged victorious in the most recent meetings. The South African team landed in Australia almost two weeks before the first test and was involved in a four-day practice match against Cricket Australia XI that ended in a draw. Captain Dean Elgar led the way for his side with a century in his first innings, while Rassie van der Dussen was welcomed back to the national outfit after missing the World T20 through injury and hit a patient 95 off 184 balls.

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Australia & South Africa Squad Analysis

Australia has maintained a settled selection base when it comes to their test squad, and after their performance against the West Indies, it would come as little surprise if they remain relatively unchanged. Starc, Cummins, and Boland are all fit and likely to lead the pace attack, with Nathan Lyon providing the change-up.

Rassie van der Dussen and Themba Bavuma both got some much-needed minutes at the crease in the warm-up match against the Cricket Australia XI after returning from injury. Van der Dussen's performance has likely cemented his place in the side, but it may still be a little too soon for Bavuma, who only featured in the second innings due to some discomfort in his left elbow.

Australia Expected line-up:

  1. Pat Cummins
  2. Dave Warner
  3. Scott Boland
  4. Usman Khwaja
  5. Travis Head
  6. Cameron Green 
  7. Steve Smith 
  8. Marnus Labuschagne
  9. Mitchell Starc
  10. Alex Carey
  11. Nathan Lyon
  12. Michael Neser
  13. Lance Morris

South Africa expected line-up:

  1. Dean Elgar
  2. Gerald Coetzee
  3. Rassie van der Dussen
  4. Theunis de Bruyn
  5. Simon Harmer
  6. Marco Jansen
  7. Anrich Nortje
  8. Keshav Maharaj
  9. Lungi Ngidi
  10. Kagiso Rabada
  11. Kyle Verreynne
  12. Themba Bavuma
  13. Khaya Zondo
  14. Sarel Erwee

Australia - South Africa Key Points

  1. Marnus Labuscagne made 502 runs in his last two test matches at an average of 167.33.
  2. Australia has only conceded one loss in test matches in 2022.
  3. Four of the Australian top-order batsmen are ranked in the top 10 of the ICC Men’s Test batting rankings for 2022, with Labuscagne and Smith in first and second position, respectively.
  4. South Africa comes into this fixture having not played a competitive match in over a month.
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Our Australia vs South Africa Prediction

Australia goes into this one as the clear favorite. With their spot in the World Test Championship all but guaranteed, they will want to lay down a marker on the current number-one contenders and extend their already substantial lead at the top of the rankings. South Africa's recent history against Australia cannot be discounted, but the current form of the Australian top order may prove to be too hot to handle for the Protea's bowling attack. We fancy Marnus Labuscagne to extend his good run and score 50 in either inning.

Prediction :

Marnus Labuscagne to score 50 runs

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