South Africa have got 1-0 up in the three-match Test series against Australia. The first Test match in Perth was won with a heavy margin by Faf du Plessis and men. If the second Test match goes the same way, it's all over for the Aussies. Steve Smith's men can only get more red-faced.
Their recent ODI series was completely bossed by the Proteas as an AB De Villiers-absent team inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on the Aussies in the African nation. With the Test series taking place in Australia's den, the home team were expected to have an upper hand but judging by what transpired from the first Test match, it looks very difficult for even the Australians to hope for a Test series win.
The action now shifts to the Bellerive Oval, Hobart, where the two cricketing giants clash again in the second Test match on Saturday. RESULT OF DAY 1.
South Africa may have the advantage in the match going by their recent form, but it has to be noted that the Proteas have never played a Test match in the venue before. Also, this is the first time since making their debut in 2004 that neither Dale Steyn nor De Villiers will be involved in a Test match for South Africa.
That said, Australia too have a massive worry with Shaun Marsh and Peter Siddle having ruled out of the second test match owing to injuries. Pacer Joe Mennie will be making his debut for Australia in the Hobart Test, while it remains to be seen who fills in for Steyn in the Proteas line up. Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel or spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Weather forecast: Showers are expected for at least the first two days of the Test match.
Expected starting XI
Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh/Callum Ferguson, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Starc, Joe Mennie, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.
South Africa: Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj or Morne Morkel.
Australia vs South Africa 2016 2nd Test: Schedule
The match gets under way at 10.30 am local time (5 am IST, 11.30 pm GMT [Friday]) on November 12.
Australia vs South Africa 2016 2nd Test: Where to watch live
India - TV: Star Sports 2/HD 2. Live streaming - Hotstar
Australia - TV: Channel 9. Live streaming - Channel 9 live
South Africa - SuperSport. Live streaming - SuperSport Live
USA - Willow TV. Live streaming - Willow TV YouTube
UK - BT Sport. Live streaming - BT Sport live