Australia Look to Wind Test Series with a Win against South Africa

November 23 12:24 2016

ausNew Delhi, Wednesday, November 23 – South Africa tour of Australia has been fetching attention of cricket fans despite the fact that visitors have already won series with one Test match yet to go. Lovers of this sport across the globe never wish to miss the action between powerhouses. Proteas are to play in Australia one more Test and the stint is to last by the end of this month. The Australian side will be led by Steven Smith in the last Test, which is to take place at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.

There is no doubt that the young man houses the calibre to play in a way that keeps his team on a strong side but things did not work of Aussies in the lately held two Test matches that took place at W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth and Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Smith will expect Matt Renshaw, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers and Mitchell Starc do their job and end series on a winning note. It is well known to the world what kind of match can be put forward by the key cricketers of this squad when they compete in opposition to a team – whether a heavyweight or an underdog.

South Africa squad, on the other hand, look for a whitewash under the captaincy of Faf du Plessis. Temba Bavuma, Kyle Abbott, Stephen Cook, Jean-Paul Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilas and Dwaine Pretorius are the players on which eyes will be stuck. Best part of South African cricketers is their dedication towards the game. Most of them believe in playing as a unit and this emerges as their strengths. Now and again, personal achievements turn unimportant when it is about victory as a team.

South Africa tried their best to score in speed winning the 1st and 2nd Tests by 177 runs and an innings and 80 runs, respectively. The achievement was attained by putting best foot forward and shifting pressure on the opponents, who lacked efficiency to trick them by bowling in different line and lengths. The number of achievements by Australia in the past is alone adequate to tell how efficiently they play when it comes to winning, however, eyes can’t be shut to the fact same momentum can’t be carried. But at the same time, credit for South Africa’s recent victories goes to their players.

To sum up about their show in 1st Test, they accumulated 540 runs after getting 242 runs in 1st innings. Australia had the lead of two runs but their 2nd stint finished at a score of 361 runs. Kagiso Rabada was declared Man of the Match. Proteas scored 326 runs that turned sufficient as Australia were all out at 85 runs and 161 runs. Kyle Abbott was the Player of the Match of the second Test. If Australian are thinking to win then openers would try to set a solid foundation for upcoming batsmen by staying on the crease as long as possible. A robust start as imagined would help them shift the burden on the shoulders of opposition to a certain extent. Likelihood of witnessing mesmerizing innings is high as players of both teams will be keen to steal the show. If they opt for attacking mode to hit fours and sixes, complete pulverization of the rivals is possible that will enable them get back on track soon.

The two teams are to meet each other in only the longest format of the game. Weather of Australia may play a crucial role in the contest. The two countries would not like to see final Test match ending in a draw. Aussies definitely want to finish it in style so that the pain of losing the series in home conditions can be avoided to a certain extent. In point of fact, Smith’s men will give all their best to excel in the upcoming game to forget bitter memories what they got given that they did not taste victory in any of the two matches held early November. They must be striving for success in the conditions that are familiar to them. It will be interesting to notice whether the visitors get success in sending the opponents on the back foot once again or not.

The team spirit has made them move with confidence in the series in Australia. It would not be wrong to say that the threat of losing wicket will remain on Aussies. There is no easy way to have an easy escape from not performing. The 2-0 series lead of South Africa must have given them confidence to outshine. The dream to come home with victories in hand may come true. Here is to mention that losing in the home conditions is disliked by all teams and Australia are no different. Support of the home side may be helpful for them. But learning on the basis of experience in the recent past may be helpful too. Proteas, on the other hand, must be confident of achieving more in the coming days post taking into consideration their recent wins. With one more day to go for the final Test, the experience would assist players of both parties hone skills and sharpen their tools to confidently face strong opponents.

If records of Australia are to be kept in mind that none would hesitate in admitting the truth that the players have got the talent to do incredible things and faith that they can make any team collapse no matter for how long they have been parts of the cricket world. No wonder if the group of capable boys put a challenge for Proteas in the coming days while making effort to perform well. Australian skipper Smith may follow his instincts while making all his strategies as he did in the past, surprising experts and viewers. Playing safe will certainly not be an option. Since both sides have equal chances of rising, it will be exciting to notice who shines amid others. Pressure is on Australia, indubitably. Staying focused in the game may be a hope for the home side to bounce back in the ongoing Test series where victory is important.