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
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.
The South Africa A team includes five players with international experience.
The first of four Tests starts in Durban on March 1.
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