Aussies win toss, bat first in Test
Aussies win toss, bat first in Test

Australian captain Michael Clarke has won the toss and elected to bat in the second cricket Test against South Africa at the Adelaide Oval.

Typical Adelaide conditions are expected and the wicket should play into the hands of the batting side for at least the first two days.

South Africa suffered some drama on match eve, with fast bowler Vernon Philander ruled out of the Test.

Philander woke up feeling out of sorts and rookie Rory Kleinveldt has been called in as his replacement.

With the three-match series locked at 0-0 after the first Test draw in Brisbane, the Adelaide clash will be pivotal in determining whether Australia can give themselves a chance of knocking off the Proteas from No.1 spot in the world rankings.

Australian opener David Warner will be under enormous pressure to perform, but has an ideal opportunity to play himself into the explosive touch he’s known for.

His partner at the top of the innings Ed Cowan will be eager to follow up his maiden Test century at the Gabba with another big score in Adelaide.

All eyes will be on Victorian Rob Quiney if he gets an early chance to face the music.

Quiney looked promising on debut in Brisbane, but ultimately made just nine and was out hooking.

Australia are again without vice-captain Shane Watson who succumbed to a calf injury on Wednesday.

The Proteas attack will be eager to make amends for an underwhelming showing in Brisbane, but will miss one of their most destructive weapons in Philander.

The right-arm quick has made an incredible start to his Test career after first bursting onto the scene against Australia in South Africa last year.

Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Kleinveldt playing just his second Test, will likely have to work hard for results in the first innings.

South Africa have picked spinner Imran Tahir for the Test, while batting all-rounder Faf du Plessis will make his debut for the injured JP Duminy.

Teams - Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Rob Quiney, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Matt Wade, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, Faf du Plessis, Rory Kleinveldt, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel.

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