Aussies name strong side for SA 'A' warm-up

2018-02-21 10:46
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Cape Town - Australia have named a strong side for their warm-up match against a South Africa 'A' side starting in Benoni on Thursday.

The three-day match will be Australia's only match practice in the country before their four-match Test series against the Proteas gets underway in Durban on Thursday, March 1. 

With David Warner still in New Zealand leading the T20 side in the Tri-Series, there is an opportunity for Australia to try a new opening pairing in the form of Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja. 

Other than that, though, the side has a familiar feel to it with bowlers Mitchel Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon all picked. 

SA 'A', meanwhile, will be captained by Khaya Zondo while they will also give an opportunity to the likes of Theunis de Bruyn, Pieter Malan and Duanne Olivier.

Australia team:

Usman Khawaja, Cameron Bancroft, Peter Handscomb, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

South Africa 'A' squad:

Khayalihle Zondo (Dolphins, captain), Theunis de Bruyn (Knights), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Pieter Malan (Cape Cobras), Wiaan Mulder (Highveld Lions), Senuran Muthusamy (Dolphins), Duanne Olivier (Knights), Rudi Second (Knights), Malusi Siboto (Titans), Shaun von Berg (Titans)

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