Australia vs South Africa 2018: Top 5 Australian players to watch out for in the four-match series
Steven Smith’s men will be keen to winning streak against South Africa in the first game of the series that starts from 1st March at Durban.
The series is touted to be a mouthwatering clash with two of the best bowling lineups on the display. Australia and South Africa will try to do outdo each other in this series. It is quite bizarre that Australia has never lost a series in South Africa since 1970. South Africa have always come up short at home against Australia and will be keen to make amends when they face the side in the four-match series.
As Australia will be determined to draw first blood at Durban, we take a look at 5 Australian players who could certainly the show in South Africa.
The left-handed opener has suffered from a loss of form of late as he did score heavily in the recently concluded Ashes series against England. Warner will be hoping to turn things around in South Africa. He has a fantastic record in South Africa with to four centuries to his name. Warner has accumulated 622 runs from 4 games at an average of 77.75. He is one player that does like the conditions in South Africa as it suits his style of play with the ball coming onto the bat nicely.
He is arguably world’s best batsman at the moment in Test cricket. Smith will definitely be looking to score loads of runs against South Africa. He has fond memories of the last trip to South Africa as he scored a century in Centurion to see Australia win the game by a big margin.
Australian Captain called for better performances away from home after a comprehensive win over England in the Ashes series. Smith will definitely hold the key for Australia in the middle order as South Africa see him the main cog in the batting lineup.
The 27-year old has been fairly consistent for Australia in the five-day format. He is a top quality bowler who does have the knack of picking up wickets with the new-ball. Hazlewood will enjoy conditions in South Africa as it offers plenty of assistance to fast bowlers. The tall quick holds resemblance to Glenn McGrath as he has the ability to land the ball in good areas on regular basis. South Africa would not want to produce green pitches as Hazlewood might be menacing prospect to face with the new-ball.
The off-spinner has definitely been a wicket-taking option for Australia for past two years. Lyon has not tasted much in South Africa but surfaces in Durban and Port Elizabeth would bring him to the game against South Africa. He will have to come up with the better plans against players like AB De Villiers and Quinton de Kock who will not allow him to settle into a rhythm.
The left-arm quick is world’s best bowler for Australia across all three formats. Starc is going to be a handful in conditions on offer in South Africa. He has exceptional skills with the old ball and is known to move the ball old ball by a long distance. The Australian spearhead will certainly enjoy bowling in South Africa as it provides a lot of assistance to fast bowlers.