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Venue – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Day and Date – Monday, 26th December 2022 to Friday, 30th December 2022
Match Timings – 5.00 AM IST on 26th Dec, 11.30 PM GMT on 25th Dec and 10.30 AM Local Time.
Television Channels – Sony Sports Network
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David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(wk), Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.
The Aussies wrapped the 1st Test match in just two days. They won the first match of this three-match series in the red ball format by six wickets.
The Australian bowlers did a fantastic job to bowl the Proteas out cheaply in both innings and they will want to end this year on a high by winning the series.
Australia has a great record at MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) on the eve of the Boxing day test match which is played after Christmas. Australia has played 40 Boxing Day Test matches so far.
They have won 22 of them and lost nine matches. But Australia will pounder on their batting, which didn’t go well despite that win at the Gabba in Brisbane.
The home side will want the likes of Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith and Travis Head to bat well against the pace battery of the Proteas team.
They won't change the winning combo for the second Test match. Still, they will want their batters to show how good they are against one of the best pace bowling attacks in the world.
Dean Elgar(c), Sarel Erwee/ Kyle Verreynne, Khaya Zondo, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen(wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi.
The Proteas need their batters to fire in the second which will help them to level the three-match series of the red ball format.
They should include Klaasen in their playing XI, which could strengthen their batting for the second Test match. Klaasen can replace Sarel Erwee, who didn’t bat well in the first Test match.
Despite bowling decently in the opening encounter, South Africa couldn’t compete at Brisbane due to their poor batting show. The visitors, Proteas, scored just 152 runs in the first innings and managed just 99 runs in the second innings.
They need to grind themselves out against the bowlers of Australia who are currently in red-hot form.
Dean Elgar needs to step up. He can frustrate the Aussie bowlers at MCG. Elgar has done that in the past and thrived in challenging conditions.
He needs to lead his team from the front so that the series would be two all and South Africa can also maintain their record of not losing the series since 2008. The Proteas too would be hoping to end the 2022 year with a win.
The pitch at The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is tailor-made for the pace bowlers. But the spinners can also make an impact as the match goes on.
Batters – Dean Elgar, Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne
Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi
All-rounders – Marco Jansen and Cameron Green
Wicket-keeper – Kyle Verreynne
Vice-captain – Mitchell Starc
Captain – Keshav Maharaj