Australia name XI for South Africa tour game, Usman Khawaja to open

Australia have named a strong XI for their three-day warm-up match against South Africa A, with Usman Khawaja to open in the absence of David Warner.

cricket Updated: Feb 21, 2018 17:55 IST
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Usman Khawaja will open the innings alongside Cameron Bancroft in Australia’s only tour match on their tour of South Africa.(AFP )

Australia on Thursday named their strongest possible team ahead of their tour opening match against South Africa A starting at Willowmoore Park on Thursday.

The only likely member of their Test starting eleven missing from the warm-up match is opening batsman David Warner, who was captaining Australia’s Twenty20 team in the final of a triangular tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, on Wednesday.

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The South Africa A team includes five players with international experience.

The first of four Tests starts in Durban on March 1.

Teams:

South Africa A: Khaya Zondo (captain), Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Beuran Hendricks, Pieter Malan, Wiaan Mulder, Senuran Muthusamy, Duanne Olivier, Rudi Second (wkt), Malusi Siboto, Shaun von Berg.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wkt), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

First Published: Feb 21, 2018 17:55 IST