AUS vs SA: South Africa will lock horns against Australia in the 1st Test of the South Africa tour of Australia, 2022-23 on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at The Gabba, Brisbane.
Australia and South Africa will lock horns in the first game of their three-match Test series on December 17 at The Gabba, Brisbane. Australia inflicted a clean sweep over West Indies in the recently concluded Test match series, which included two Test matches. Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith and Travis Head will hold the key to their fortunes.
However, they face a spirited South African side, who are placed second position in World Test Championship (WTC) points table. They have been impressive with their gameplay in England and New Zealand. Their bowling attack comprises Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, and Marco Jansen and will be the key for Proteas in the Test series.
Here are the match details, pitch report, probable playing 11, squads, player records/stats and dream11 fantasy team predictions for the 1st Test of the South Africa tour of Australia, 2022-23.
AUS vs SA Match Details
- Match: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test
- Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
- Time: 5:50 AM (IST) | 12:20 AM (GMT) | 10:20 AM (Local)
- Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Pitch Report For AUS vs SA, 1st Test
There will be plenty of bounce and carry from the surface at Brisbane. It’s a lively pitch that is projected to assist the fast bowlers for all five days of a Test match. Batters will have to stay cautious initially as there will be plenty of swing there. Whoever wins the toss will look to bat first.
Pitch Stats of The Gabba, Brisbane For AUS vs SA, 1st Test
- Total matches played: 66
- Matches won batting first: 25
- Matches won bowling first: 26
- Average 1st Inns scores: 330
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 319
- Average 3rd Inns scores: 241
- Average 4th Inns scores: 163
- Highest total recorded: 645/10 (158.6 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
- Lowest total recorded: 58/10 (12.3 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Probable Playing XI For AUS vs SA, 1st Test
Australia Playing XI
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.
South Africa Playing XI
Dean Elgar (C), Sarel Erwee, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Kyle Verreynne (WK), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortj e , Lungi Ngidi.
Stats of Australia & South Africa Form in the Last 5 Matches
AUS vs SA Top Players to Pick in Fantasy Team for 1st Test of England tour of Pakistan, 2022
1. Marnus Labuschagne
The Australian middle-order batter has been in great form lately. He has smashed three centuries in his last four innings, including a double century. It will be intriguing to see how he will tackle the potent bowling attack of South Africa. He will be one of the safest picks for your AUS vs SA Dream11 fantasy team.
2. Travis Head
He has been in red-hot form in red-ball cricket. He had a stellar outing against West Indies in the recently concluded Test series, where he scored 312 runs in three innings. He has been equally impactful with the ball as well and will be one of the must picks for your AUS vs SA Dream11 fantasy team.
3. Anrich Nortje
The star South African pacer is one of the most skilled fast bowlers in world cricket currently. He is known for his sheer pace and will be one of the key players to keep an eye on, especially on the paced and bouncy tracks of Australia. Overall, he has picked up 57 wickets in 15 Test matches at an average of 27.53. With the conditions suitable for Nortje, he is one of the must picks among bowlers for your AUS vs SA Dream11 fantasy team.
AUS vs SA Player Record/Stats (Must Picks) For 1st Test
|Marnus Labuschagne||502 Runs (In Recently WI Series)|
|Travis Head||312 Runs & 2 Wickets (In Recently WI Series)|
|Steve Smith||255 Runs (In Recently WI Series)|
|Nathan Lyon||12 Wickets (In Recently WI Series)|
|Mitchell Starc||9 Wickets (In Recently WI Series)|
|Anrich Nortje||57 Wickets (Test Career)|
|Dean Elgar||4971 Runs & 15 Wickets (Test Career)|
|Rassie van der Dussen||900 Runs (Test Career)|
AUS vs SA Captaincy Picks For 1st Test Between Australia vs South Africa
- Marnus Labuschagne
- Travis Head
- Rassie van der Dussen
AUS vs SA Dream11 Prediction – Fantasy Team Suggesting For 1st Test
Australia vs South Africa – Fantasy Team 1
- Wicket-Keeper: Alex Carey
- Batters: Dean Elgar, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Rassie van der Dussen, Marnus Labuschagne
- All-Rounders: Travis Head, Keshav Maharaj
- Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
- Captain: Marnus Labuschagne
- Vice-Captain: Rassie van der Dussen
Australia vs South Africa – Fantasy Team 2
- Wicket-Keeper: Kyle Verryenne
- Batters: Dean Elgar, Steve Smith, Rassie van der Dussen, Marnus Labuschagne
- All-Rounders: Travis Head, Marco Jansen
- Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
- Captain: Travis Head
- Vice-Captain: Anrich Nortje
AUS vs SA Match Prediction – Who Will Win Today’s Match?
Australia is expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.