It will be a busy few months for Australian cricket with the prospect of two tests against elite teams in South Africa and then Pakistan before the year is out. Plus, there are some one-day internationals too, and for the ODI side, they will have a point to prove when they return to home soil to take on New Zealand later in the year.
That’s because they are currently in the process of a humiliating whitewash in South Africa. The Proteas have demolished the Aussies in the opening four matches and even if they avoid becoming the first Australian side to lose 5-0 in limited overs history, questions will be asked.
However, there are mitigating circumstances, key members of the bowling attack; Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood, were both rested, which prompted the idea that the selectors weren’t taking this tour too seriously.
Yet, whatever the circumstances, when you are playing for the Aussies, such defeats aren’t accepted. That shifts the pressure onto the test team, who welcome South Africa as tourists, with the first test on November 3rd at the WACA in Perth. The hosts have had a slight boost with the news that big-hitting AB de Villiers will miss the three games, but the touring party does include high quality players including Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and Dale Steyn among others.
For Australia, the pack could be shuffled. You can expect the two bowlers to make a return along with batsman Shaun Marsh who missed the current tour with a broken finger, but the selectors are known to rate him highly. If he returns and finds form, he can be a devastating player, and could be pivotal in any Aussie win.
If you think he can play a part in a home win, then check the sports betting at Betway, and there’s extra incentive for Marsh in the first test as he will be something of the fans’ favourite given that it will be played at his home ground.
Either way, after such a beating in South Africa, the pressure will have ramped up for the test side, even if it is a different format of the game. The hosts will have a few weeks to get the defeat out of their system before returning to wear the Baggy Green and rectify the errors of the current tour.