The fierce and exciting action of the test cricket returns with one of the most sought-after series in recent time with Australia traveling to South Africa for a 4-match test series. Both teams are well balanced and possess some of the best players in the world. So which 11 players got the place in our South Africa vs Australia combined XI? Let’s find out.
South Africa vs Australia combined XI:
Openers – David Warner and Hashim Amla
Between David Warner and Hashim Amla, we are talking about 14,500 test runs at an average of over 52 and ability to play long innings. David Warner these days literally walks into any combined XI given his fierce scoring rate. Warner’s strike rate in test cricket is over 74 (YES, that’s right) and he can dismantle any bowling attack in a matter of an hour or so.
As for Amla, he may have gone through a barren run of form against India but the man is pure class and is never too far away from scoring a century. Amla has 28 centuries from 193 test innings and South Africa will hope of an in-form Hashim Amla when they take on the Aussies in the 4-match test series.
Middle Order – Steve Smith (c), AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Shaun Marsh
Does it get any better than this when you can field Steve Smith (Arguably the best test batsman at the moment), AB de Villiers (Mr 360) and Faf du Plessis as your number 3, 4, and 5 in the combined XI? Smith is yet to know what it is like to fail on a regular basis and he will be prized wicket South African bowlers will be chasing after if they hope to compete against the Aussies.
Shaun Marsh finds a way in this South Africa vs Australia combined XI on the back of an impressive Ashes series. It was a fight between Shaun and his brother Mitchell Marsh but we decided to go with Shaun given his ability to dig deep and play the entire match as a batsman and not having to worry about bowling like his brother Mitchell.
Wicket Keeper – Quinton De Kock
Many would argue that Heinrich Klassen deserves a shot at the South African team and our combined XI given his more than impressive displays against India. However, De Kock has proved himself as one of the best wicket-keepers in World Cricket in recent times and is a very handy batsman coming lower down the order. If he gets going, oppositions find it very tough to contain runs as De Kock loves to score freely and has a strike rate of over 72 in test cricket.
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Patt Cummins, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Starc
Sadly there is no place for Nathan Lyon or Keshav Maharaj in our South Africa vs Australia Combined XI as we have gone with a complete pace attack of Kagiso Rabada, Patt Cummins, Lungi Ngidi, and Mitchell Starc. Perhaps the only unknown entity in this bowling lineup is the young South African pacer Lungi Ngidi who showed against India that he is more than a handful and perhaps the long-term replacement for Morne Morkel who is set to retire from test cricket after the end fo this series.