New Delhi: After the Sandpaper Gate (Ball Tampering) scandal in 2018, for the first time, the Australian team is ready to play series of tests on South African soil. Cricket Australia announced its squad on Wednesday for the three-game test series against South Africa in February. After the Test Series loss to India, major changes were made to the Australian squad.
Matthew Wade didn’t get a spot in the squad
Aussie mid-tier batsman Matthew Wade didn’t find a spot on the team in the series against South Africa. In fact, Wade hadn’t done anything special in the recently concluded home test series against the Indian team, due to which he was excluded from the squad. Wade had only hit half a century in the four-game test series against India.
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Carrie secures a place in the test team thanks to her excellent performance in BBL
Alex Carey, who is a strong beating in the current BBL league, has a spot on the Australian squad for the next series against South Africa. Carrie has so far achieved over 400 points in 11 BBL games, including a magnificent century.
The Australian team lost 3-1 last time around
The last time the Australian team landed in South Africa for a test series in 2018, they suffered a 3-1 loss in the two-game series. In the third test of the series, three of Australia’s main players – Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft – were sent back to Australia after the ball handling controversy, after which the team had to pay the price for the defeat of the series.
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This will be the Australian team’s first round of testing on South African soil after the ball sabotage controversy in 2018. In fact, the last time the Australian team came to play the series in South Africa in 2018, its top three players – Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, were convicted of ball tampering, after which Cricket Australia was banned out of all three. players.
Smith and Warner to star in South Africa after controversial series
This will be the first round of testing on South African soil after the ball handling controversy for the Australian team as well as for two of Australia’s main players – Steve Smith and David Warner. Let us know that Australian opener Cameron Bankroft was seen molesting the ball in the third test against South Africa after which he was banned from cricket for 9 months. While Captain Smith and Vice Captain Warner were banned for a year each.
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Australian team for the South Africa tour:
Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Alex Carrie, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschen, Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neeser, James Pattinson, Will Pukowski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc , Mark Steakety Mitchell Swapson and David Warner.