Palmerbet Sports Team preview the fourth cricket Test between South Africa and Australia from Cape Town, with the tourists hoping to pick up the pieces after the catastrophic ball-tampering saga in Cape Town. The home side will be aiming to put their foot on the throat of the embattled Aussies and wrap up a series win.
History: Played 94: Australia 51 V South Africa 23 (20 Draws).
Last meeting: March 22-25, 2018: South Africa d Australia by 322 runs at Newlands.
Final Thoughts: Who would have thought a crushing 322-run loss would be the least of Australia’s problems in the wake of the third Test against South Africa?
Australian cricket is at its lowest ebb in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, with Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all sent home and handed lengthy bans. Tim Paine finds himself with the captaincy, while Glenn Maxwell, Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw have flown to the Republic to join the embattled squad.
It was easy to miss how the actual match unfolded in Cape Town, so here’s a recap: A Dean Elgar century led South Africa to 311 all out in the first innings, Bancroft (77) played a lone hand in Australia’s reply of 255, four players notched half-centuries as the hosts made 373 in their second dig, and the Aussies folded for just 107 amidst a firestorm of controversy.
Veteran pace-man Morne Morkel claimed man-of-the-match honours for his nine-wicket performance.
Australia, understandably, are rank outsiders to win the fourth and final Test and level the series – but $4.80 even seems skinny for a team with its back against the wall to an unprecedented degree. It’s tempting to have a piece of South Africa at $1.51.
There’s better value in the player performance markets, with new elder statesman Usman Khawaja a strong option to be Australia’s top scorer.