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17-Jan-2009 13:47:00 GMT
South Africa in Australia, 2008/09, CB Series

2nd ODI Australia v South Africa at Hobart - Preview

Hobart: One of the most gifted youngsters, David Warner, is all set to play his first One-Day international on Sunday against the Proteas after being picked to replace Micheal Clarke, who was ruled out of the on-going series with a finger injury.

The star of the opening Twenty20 match with a cracking 89, Warner, was kept as cover for Clarke before being sent home to Sydney on Thursday when the vice-captain appeared to recover from a problem sustained during the Perth Test but now could be a quick solution to their opening problems.

The vice-captain will now look towards the five-game series against New Zealand starting next month.

Albie Morkel showed in Melbourne he is a man capable of champagne moments, he make 40 from 18 deliveries after claim two wickets. A committed South African chase provided serious excitement at the start of the five-game series as the visitors sneaked to a three-wicket success in Melbourne on Friday. After Australia posted a confident 271/8, Proteas men recovered from being 221/7 to end their sequence of three defeats in a row.

Warner is expected to open the batting with another exciting new comerShaun Marsh while Michael Hussey, who opened with Marsh at Melbourne, is expected to come lower down the order.

Highlights of the match

Australia South Africa
Coach Mickey Arthur Tim Nielsen
ICC Ranking 1 2
Key Players Ricky Ponting, Shaun Marsh, Shaun Tait Herschelle Gibbs, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel
Drawing Broad The 22-year-old opener David Warner is back after leaving the team briefly when Michael Clarke was passed fit prematurely from a nagging thumb injury. Dale Steyn seemed to have some problems with a shoulder while fielding in Melbourne and the South Africans are intent on rotating their bowlers, so it won't take much for Steyn to go and Makhaya Ntini to come in.
Weather Weather: Fine conditions are predicted for the match, with a top temperature of 23oC. Partly cloudy. High around 70oF. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Pitch The pitch is traditionally batsman-friendly at Bellerive Oval, but in first-class matches this season it has offered considerable help to the bowlers.
Current Form WWWWL WWWWW(Recent last)
Head to head Total 68, Australia 36, South Africa 29, Tied 3


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