Australia win toss, bat in rainy PE

2018-03-09 09:45
Steve Smith (Getty)

Port Elizabeth - Australia won the toss and decided to bat in the second Test against South Africa at St George’s Park on Friday as attention focused on warring duo David Warner and Quinton de Kock.

LIVE: Proteas v Australia, 2nd Test

Both players were fined after their ugly bust-up in the first Test in Durban and the two teams have been warned by the match referee to keep their tempers in check.

Warner was due to open the batting for Australia, who won the opening Test by 118 runs, while wicketkeeper De Kock will take his place behind the stumps.

Light drizzle delayed the toss by 10 minutes but play was due to start on time.

The covers were taken off shortly before the toss and revealed a pitch with a good covering of grass.

Australian captain Steve Smith said that his batsmen would need to bat through a tricky early period. 

"If we can get through that we can hopefully put a big total on the board. We expect reverse swing and spin to play a role later on," he said.

South African captain Faf du Plessis said he had been undecided about what to do if he won the toss. 

"I think it (the ball) will move around a bit. The weather forecast says it isn’t going to get too hot and I don’t expect the pitch will deteriorate much."

South Africa dropped veteran fast bowler Morne Morkel and replaced him with Lungi Ngidi. 

"We’ve picked Ngidi specifically for these conditions," said Du Plessis.


South Africa

Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock (wkt), Theunis de Bruyn, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi


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

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

TV umpire: Sunderam Ravi (IND)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

Read more on:    australia  |  proteas  |  port elizabeth  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Sunday, 04 November 2018
Australia v South Africa, Perth Stadium 00:00
Friday, 09 November 2018
Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval 00:00
Sunday, 11 November 2018
Australia v South Africa, , Hobart 00:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.