In a sharp turn of events ahead of the Third Test between Australia and South Africa, Kagiso Rabada was brought back to arena. Earlier, he was suspended from rest of the International test series slapped with three demerit points. It was his big-headed celebration that made him brush shoulders with Aussie captain Steven Smith, which played trumpet. South Africa repealed the case strongly and after an online meeting of hours and successful intervention of legal personnel, the fast bowler was partially acquitted off the charge. Three demerit points were reduced to one and he was cleared to play the remaining two matches of the series.
Now Rabada’s comeback will again change equations for both the teams in Cape Town test. Australia was struck bad by the bowler finishing with 11 wickets in the previous Test match. He emerged as the strongest bowler in team so far, who paved the way for victory. His dismissal from the series could have been a big relieve for Australia, but his presence now will ring the alarm bell again for the visitors. Additionally, South Africa is bringing back Vernon Philander to attack Australia. The bowler has strong records against Australia and his presence would be something to celebrate for South Africa.
So far in the Test series, Australian batting has been quite marginal. There were no centuries in the team in past two tests. Now the international test series being locked at 1-1, the upcoming tussle in Cape Town is turning as an exciting venue. In batting South Africa has shown enough muscles with an impressive knock from AB de Villiers. On the other hand, Australia’s bowling attack got softer with the injury issue of Mitchell Starc. In the first Test he finished with nine wickets, but in the second he could nick only a single.
South Africa will play with a renewed ensemble, which is likely to strengthen the team. Temba Bavuma will be back along with Morne Morkel. Australia’s line up will be unchanged and Starc and Mitchell Marsh will both play. Previous records reveal that Cape Town has been a high scoring pitch and the next test match is also expected to be the same. Faf du Plessis, already signed ahead saying “it’s important” for him to make runs.
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