Morkel will end Proteas career after Aussie tests

Indian media reported that Morkel's father said his son needed to "secure his future" and was considering the Kolpak option but Morkel strongly denied that he was nearing retirement."There's still plenty of goals I want to achieve".

This was achieved without injury-plagued veteran Dale Steyn but Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada proved a potent trio, supplemented by the arrival on the Test scene of 21-year-old Lungi Ngidi.

"If you look at what has happened in the past five Test matches, you've got a problem with Amla, you've got a problem with de Kock, you've got a problem with the young guys that are trying to find their feet", de Villiers told The New Daily.

Any other team and South Africa would happily serve up fast, bouncy tracks and allow its own pacemen to wreak havoc.

South Africa will know that Smith is a man who walks the talk.

The former role is also going to be an important one considering the latent fragility of Australia' batting unit despite the excellence of David Warner and Steven Smith. "There's no truth to that", he said on January 15, during the Test at SuperSport Park. South Africa, since readmission, have never beaten Australia in a Test series at home in what's been 26 long winless years.

South Africa begin their bid for a first home Test series win over Australia since 1970 in Durban on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7.55am.

Smith made 56, his fifth straight score of 50 or more in test cricket, but his fall to spinner Keshav Maharaj before tea was the biggest moment of the day.

"With Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc and the five South Africa quicks they have - that is a bloody good attack". "[Mitchell] Starc and [Josh] Hazlewood have been there for many a year and have honed their skills in different formats". They then progress to Port Elizabeth, detour via Cape Town and end things in Johannesburg.

South Africa and Australia square up for a much awaited 4 test series in March-April 2018 with the 1st Test starting at Durban on 1st March. Any of the three could slot into the middle order.

Once again with four Tests in the space of a month, the bench strength of both teams will be tested.

Pacemen may have stolen the headlines, but wrist spin has been the unsung Australian hero in South Africa.

Gibson has admitted something was amiss with Markram and he was batting unlike the player he had first seen earlier in the summer. Thereafter he did not do well, but he has the backing of Steve Smith and Justin Langer and should feature as opener versus the South Africans. It's important for him to use what info is going to strengthen his game.

  • Julie Sanders