Australia and South Africa go into the third Test match of their series at the WACA in Perth with the number one ranking at stake for the two sides.
We’ll bring you the live scores and commentary of the action throughout the second Test match, with the day starting at 1:30 pm AEDT (10:30am local) on November 30.
Ricky Ponting’s decision to retire from international cricket after a string of poor scores surprised his captain Michael Clarke, who will now hope that it brings a new level of fire from his side which looks depleted in bowling stocks.
Ponting’s every movement with the bat will be closely watched as Australia hope that he can go out on a high in a stellar career.
He’ll be hoping to end with a big score – is a century possible on what is expected to be a bouncy WACA pitch?
The forecast is for cooler conditions over the first days, heating up dramatically as the Test continues.
Ponting’s retirement aside, it will be interesting to see how Australia adapt to the changes in personnel, brought about by the exciting but exhausting Adelaide game.
Already Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus have been ruled out of the Test match, having failed to recover from their long spells in the previous game.
Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings are in the squad, and two of those names should make it to the starting XI.
Shane Watson comes back into the side for Australia in place of Rob Quiney, with the management hoping that he will be able to share bowling responsibilities with the newly-annointed bowling line-up – and add more runs.
South Africa will have changes of their own. Imran Tahir’s shocking return in the Adelaide Test will call for drastic measures and Robin Peterson might be brought in to buffer up the spin bowling department.
A decision on Jacques Kallis will be taken before the start of the game, with the management hoping that the all-rounder can get fit enough to at least bat. If he fails to attain full fitness, Ryan McLaren could get a call-up.
We will bring you the coverage throughout the game from the WACA in Perth and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.
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