Cricket: Australia vs South Africa 2012 Live Streaming 3rd Test
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After two intense affairs, Australia and South Africa renew their cricketing rivalry for one last time this year in a bid to nail down their authority on the ICC Test mace when they meet in the deciding, third Test, played at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth, tomorrow, November 30, 2012.
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It all comes down to a grand-finale between the two sides after they failed to cement their respective dominance at Brisbane and Adelaide. While draws between the two giants have been a rarity in the past, stalemates in the opening two affairs puts the series in a delicate position, further testing the resolve of the players.
Australia would have gone into the clash in positive frame of mind, but the mood in the camp has certainly been affected following Ricky Ponting’s decision to retire from cricket after the upcoming clash. However, an emotional Michael Clarke suggested that it will only spur his side to deliver their best in Ponting’s final game.
After putting in reasonable shifts ahead of the series, Punter’s failures in the first two Tests again put his place under considerable scrutiny, and even though he got the desired backing from the selectors, the Aussie veteran decided to call time on his 17-year long career. He nonetheless, will be eager to bow out on a high and guide his team to the top of the Test rankings for the first time since July 2009.
Their preparations have been further disturbed after Clarke revealed that Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus will take no further part in the series. Both had to share extended workload at Adelaide in order to cover the loss of James Pattinson, who bowled just 9 overs before sustaining a side/rid injury.
That means a new look attack for the hosts, which will include four out of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and the uncapped Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings. With WACA usually on the quicker side, Lyon could be surplus to requirements but Clarke said that the final decision will only be made on the morning of the Test.
The clash will further see the return of Shane Watson, who has recovered from his calf injury. He has further spoke of his desire to contribute as an out and out all-rounder, but a lot will depend on the composition of the team.
South Africa, meanwhile, have been far from their fluent best but will be eager to carry forward the momentum from Adelaide. Despite coming up second best in all departments, they are the current holders of the ICC Test mace, and a slight improvement in their displays will indeed see them prolonging their run.
They also have some considerations to make. Jacques Kallis is a doubt for the clash, and will only play as a batsman if passed fit. That disturbs their combination, but it is expected that the team is likely to play Ryan McLaren in Kallis’ absence rather than Dean Elgar. That allows last Test hero, Faf du Plessis, to take a more customary position in the side. Imran Tahir is a certainty to miss the game following his lacklustre display at Adelaide, with Robin Peterson in line to make a Test return.
Vernon Philander is also in the reckoning after recovering from a back injury, and is likely to share the new ball with Dale Steyn. If the management decide to field Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt is likely to miss out.
The pitch at WACA is expected to offer plenty of bounce and pace, and will definitely encourage a result. The weather will get better as the match goes into the third and fourth day.