South Africa’s chances of reaching the World Test Championship final were all but dashed as Australia easily defeated India in a second Test in New Delhi for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Unless Sri Lanka shocks New Zealand in New Zealand, India and Australia will face off at the summit.
After a significant reorganisation of the squad’s leadership, South Africa enters a new era of Test cricket under the leadership of Temba Bavuma and Shukri Conrad.
Dean Elgar, who succeeded Bavuma, is still active and is one of the better batters for the team in the current format. The tenacious opener is the only player on the team with a higher Test average than Bavuma at that point in time.Later began participating in Test matches in 2014. Bavuma would be thrilled to keep a figure like Elgar in the squad as he has recently received a lot of attention and criticism in the shorter formats.
South Africa’s World Cup destiny was no longer in their hands after a series loss in Australia earlier this year. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the variables will revolve around how they start a new chapter in the longest format. In 19 Test matches, a team with a mixed record (7 victories, 7 losses, and 5 draws), including one against Pakistan and one for the pre-Bazball version of England, will be welcomed to South Africa’s shores. It exhibits theirpathetic sixth place for the current cycle in the WTC rankings.
West Indies have lacked consistency across forms but arrive after pulling off a stunning win over Zimbabwe just two weeks ago and with players who’ve made their way to the biggest stage and impressed fast. Gudakesh Motie, a left-arm spinner who is 27 years old, had 19 wickets in his six Test innings, and opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, 26, has only played four Tests but already has a double century to his credit.
When: February 28–March 4, 10:00 AM local time, first test between South Africa and the West Indies
Where: Centurion’s SuperSport Park
Pace yourself and bounce for quicks. Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada combined to take nine wickets in the final Test played here.initial innings. Moreover, India’s pacers took 18 of the game’s 20 wickets, resulting in a 113-run victory for their team. The South African batters had trouble in both innings, as seen by their scores of 197 and 191. Both teams’ fast bowlers should benefit from the favourable circumstances.
Kyle Verrynne, who led South Africa in scoring during their tour of Australia, has been replaced by Heinrich Klaasen, while Lungi Ngidi has made room for Gerald Coetzee as a result of the changes. Sarel Erwee’s dismissal means that the in-form Aiden Markram will once again get to open the innings, but in a different style. Keegan Petersen, who has recovered from a hamstring ailment, should take over at No. 3. With the potential forSenuran Muthusamy, a spin bowling all-rounder, might be added to the line-up for the first time since 2019 if South Africa selects four quick bowlers.
Senuran Muthusamy, Marco Jansen, Simon Harmer/Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Gerald Coetzee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, and Heinrich Klaasen make up the probable XI.
The opposition should use the same lineup that defeated Zimbabwe in Bulawayo two weeks ago by an innings and four runs. The only decision that might be in doubt is between Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach.
Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Shannon Gabriel/Kemar Roach, Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Joshua da Silva (WK),