South Africa v Australia, 2nd T20I, Johannesburg
Young Aussies Gun Aim For T20 Sweep16-Oct-2011 06:32:00 GMT
Johannesburg: Australia will be aiming for a rare Twenty20 series rout when they meet South Africa in their second match of the series on Sunday.
Shane Watson made a timely return to form with 52, while solid contributions from Shaun Marsh, David Hussey and captain Cameron White helped the tourists to just their second T20 win in their past nine at Newlands on Thursday.
Watson averaged 15 in his recent Champions League Twenty20 campaign for New South Wales, but his 39-ball innings guided the tourists to victory.
Teenage paceman Patrick Cummins marked his international debut in style with three wickets in four balls, in an exciting window into the future of Australian cricket.
Australia will be hoping to replicate their form on Sunday in Johannesburg, however the Proteas have taken the spoils in their two previous T20 clashes against Australia at the venue in 2006 and 2009.
But history will stand for little this time around as Australia blooded four first-gamers (Cummins, Matthew Wade, Doug Bollinger and James Pattinson) in the series opener.
Bollinger and Pattinson captured their maiden wickets in T20 internationals as the Australian pace contingent gained confidence ahead of the final Twenty20, and the one-day international series to follow.
The tourists can also expect a larger contribution from opener David Warner, who was run out for a golden duck, in the only batting failure for the visitors.
For South Africa, JP Duminy led from the front with 67, however star openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla need to fire for the Proteas in game two.
The openers were both back in the pavilion at the end of the third over, but Smith - an experienced campaigner in T20s - should respond on Sunday, as he has an average of 31.93 in the game's shortest format.
South Africa's bowling line-up performed well at the death on Thursday with Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel producing economic overs late in the game, in a promising sign for the Proteas.
Rusty Theron was a weak link in South Africa's attack and could be under pressure from Wayne Parnell. Graeme Smith was rusty in the first game and would benefit from another outing. Richard Levi has a strong case to be included, and it could be at the expense of David Miller.
The spinner Steve O'Keefe was given only one over in the first game, with David Hussey effectively acting as the lead spinner. That could mean the selectors will consider leaving O'Keefe out in Johannesburg, especially with a harder pitch on offer, and handing a debut to Mitchell Marsh, a powerful batsman who can also offer another seam-bowling option.
South Africa HM Amla (capt), J Botha, JP Duminy, CA Ingram, HG Kuhn (wk), RE Levi, R McLaren, DA Miller, M Morkel, WD Parnell, RJ Peterson, GC Smith, J Theron, LL Tsotsobe.
Australia CL White (capt), SR Watson, DE Bollinger, PJ Cummins, AJ Finch, DJ Hussey, MR Marsh, SE Marsh, SNJ O'Keefe, JL Pattinson, SPD Smith, MS Wade (wk), DA Warner.
Pitch and conditions
The Wanderers surface is expected to be hard and bouncy, with plenty of runs available for the batsmen. The seamers are likely to find more assistance than the spinners. The forecast is for a sunny day and a top of 27C.
Stats and trivia
- South Africa and Australia have met in seven Twenty20 internationals. Thursday's win by Australia was the first victory in those seven games by the away team.
- Graeme Smith needs 42 runs to become the third man to reach 1000 runs in Twenty20 internationals, after Brendon McCullum and Kevin Pietersen.
Sunday October 16, 2011
Start time 1430 local (1230 GMT)