Theunis de Bruyn of South Africa will miss the last Test versus Australia in Sydney in order to go home and welcome his first child. Rassie van der Dussen was replaced for the second Test in Melbourne by De Bruyn, who scored 12 and 28 at No. 3 in South Africa’s humiliating innings-and-182-run loss.
For the last game in Sydney, South Africa will have to make a minimum of one adjustment in his absence. Van der Dussen could be able to play again, or the backup wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen might get a chance.
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60s or 70s Don’t Change The Outcome Of The Game: Temba Bavuma
The batting of South Africa has been inconsistent in Australia; Kyle Verreynne leads the way with 149 runs after scoring half-centuries in Brisbane and Melbourne. With 133 runs, Temba Bavuma remains the only other batsman to reach the triple digits overall.
Speaking after the MCG, Bavuma took full responsibility for not having been able to turn his starts into hundreds in a batting order that, except him and the skipper Dean Elgar, is reasonably seasoned.
“The 60s or 70s or I guess they’re good for that moment, but in the bigger scheme of things they don’t change the outcome of the game,” he said. “I’ve obviously been guilty of that in my Test career, and that’s something that I’d really like to change not just for myself but also for the team.”
South Africa Playing For The Pride
The SCG’s circumstances could force South Africa to evaluate the makeup of their team, which might push offspinner, Simon Harmer, into the running. Anrich Nortje stood out with his aggressive speed at the MCG, while Marco Jansen has created some uncomfortable moments with his left-arm angle.
Kagiso Rabada leads the team in wickets taken with 10 at 23.30, although he has received some critical analysis from bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.
With only two wickets in two Test matches, Lungi Ngidi has been unsuccessful overall, while in Melbourne, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj failed to strike in more than 42 overs.
On New Year’s Eve, South Africa departs for Sydney to get ready for a test match they must win to keep their World Test Championship hopes alive.
“We are playing for the badge, playing for the pride of our team,” Elgar said. “We’ve got to believe we can still bounce back and put up a massive effort for the third Test. Playing for pride is of utmost importance for us going forward now. I’m sure there’s a lot of guys hurting. I can tell you that.”