Neither of them were fit or selected for the past two tours despite already being in the Australian set-up. He received admirable support from Arthur Morris (422) and Lindsay Hassett (402).
And yet, in a confounding run, South Africa has won its last three series in Australia. "The hundred I scored at Centurion gave me a lot of belief". Smith sent an outside edge past gully and to the boundary for his first four, and hit 10 more fours. "There's been a big change since the last time South Africa were in Australia", Lyon was quoted as saying by sacricketmag.com.
"I think the ball moves around a lot more in South Africa than in Australia; both teams have very good bowling attacks".
Following the India Test, The Wanderers deck was labelled 'poor and the ICC imposed a three-demerit points sanction on the Johannesburg venue after play was suspended late on the third day when South Africa batsman Dean Elgar was struck on the helmet by a rising delivery from paceman Jasprit Bumrah. Australia are aiming to build on a 'magnificent home summer which included a 4-0 Ashes defeat of England. If South Africa can get the ball to move in the air, that will be hugely beneficial to them. Pat Cummins will be eager to return to the country where he made his Test debut in 2011. "South Africa are more used to playing the moving ball".
Top of the list is Morne Morkel's announcement on Monday that the series would be his last as an worldwide player.
Hazlewood admitted that his side had failed to perform well overseas in the last couple of years, however, adding that they would try to perform to their level best and come back with the trophy.
The wicket for the opening Test at Kingsmead is expected to be slow. Clarrie Grimmett (44 wickets at 14.59), Richie Benaud (30 wickets at 21.93), and Bill O'Reilly (27 wickets at 17.03) had admirable records in South Africa as well.
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They can play four quicks and a spinner.
"I don't see it being too dissimilar to what we had against England".
Injuries and lack of form have plagued the South Africans recently. This is all bad news for South Africa who need to find a way to stop Smith if they are to win the series.
Cape Town - Australian spinner Nathan Lyon says he is looking forward to bowling to Proteas star bowler AB de Villiers ahead of the four-match Test series.
Speaking to Cricket Australia website (cricket.com.au), Hazlewood said, "I had some good success against him in Australia and hopefully with these conditions pretty similar to those, I can get on top of him early and put that pressure back on him".
Marsh did go, though, off an outside edge to de Villiers at slip off Maharaj.
Lyon pointed out that South Africa batsman AB de Villiers will be considered the golden wicket during the series.