Hobart - South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl under cloudy skies in the second Test against Australia in Hobart on Saturday.
LIVE: Australia v South Africa, Day 1
The South Africans named Kyle Abbott in their only change in the
absence of injured strike bowler Dale Steyn and look to put Australia
under early pressure on a conducive greenish pitch.
Australia dropped all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and gave Test debuts to
batsman Callum Ferguson at No 6 and paceman Joe Mennie, while Joe Burns
replaced injured opener Shaun Marsh.
The Australians are looking to fight back from a comprehensive
177-run loss to the Proteas in the series opener in Perth with the team
coming under heavy criticism over their capitulation.
It was Australia's first loss in an opening Test of their home season
in 28 years and they have now slumped to four straight defeats after
crashing in all three Tests on their July-August tour of Sri Lanka.
The last time Australia lost four Tests in a row in India three years ago, then coach Mickey Arthur was sacked.
The Proteas are on the verge of emulating the intimidating West
Indies teams of the 1980-1990s with three straight series wins in
Australia after their convincing victory in Perth.
The match began under threatening skies with the forecast of increasing rain during the day with more rain likely on Sunday.
David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith
(captain), Adam Voges, Callum Ferguson, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Josh
Hazlewood, Joe Mennie, Nathan Lyon.
Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Faf
du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander,
Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) Aleem Dar (PAK)
TV umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG)