Australia chose The bowl Vs South Africa
South Africa’s batting line-up was asked to come out for the second Test in a row after Pat Cummins called them to bat on a much less green pitch than at the Gabba a week ago. Whether or not Cummins’ decision was motivated by losing four wickets in a successful chase in Brisbane, Dean Elgar was surprised to be asked to bat, but was delighted and wanted to get the runs on the board first anyway.
Elgar expected early life with plenty of live grass coverage but was confident the MCG surface would be good for batting throughout the day. There is also the possibility of a reverse swing later in the game.
Despite being bowled out for less than 200 runs in their last six Test innings, South Africa did not change their team composition and stuck to their formula of six specialist batsmen and five bowlers. However, they made a change in the top order. Rasi van der Dusen, who returned from a broken finger for the Brisbane match, was dropped in favor of Theuns De Bruyne, who is playing his first Test in three years.
Cummins’ decision means David Warner will have to wait to take center stage in his 100th Test. Warner becomes the 14th Australian to reach the milestone and comes into the match during lean form – he averages just over 20 in Test cricket this year.
There is no change in the Australian XI that won the first Test, which it won by six wickets in two days.
Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 Marence Lebuschgan, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Alex Carey (wicket), 8 Pat Cummins (captain), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Scott Boland.
South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar (capt), 2 Sarl Ervi, 3 Theunis de Bruyne, 4 Temba Bauma, 5 Theunis de Bruyne, 6 Kyle Verein (WC), 7 Marco Johnson, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Enrich Nortje, 11 Lon Ngidi