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17-Nov-2011 08:42:00 GMT
South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 1st day

Cummins Debuts, South Africa Opt to Bat in 2nd Test

Johannesburg: Pat Cummins will become the second-youngest Australian Test player in history on Thursday after the exciting 18-year-old paceman was handed his first baggy green cap for the second and final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Cummins replaces the injured Ryan Harris and becomes the 423rd cricketer to play for Australia in the longest form of the game.

Ian Craig was Australia's youngest Test debutant when he took on South Africa in 1953 at the MCG.

Usman Khawaja has also been recalled to the XI at the expense of the stricken Shaun Marsh (back).

Cummins has already showed enormous potential on the tour of South Africa when he took an impressive combined total of 10 wickets at 20.10 in the one-day and Twenty20 international series last month.

And Cummins won't have to wait long to get involved in the match after Proteas skipper Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat first.

Australia is looking to square up the two-match series at New Wanderers Stadium after their spectacular eight-wicket loss in Cape Town last week.

South Africa have made no change to their first Test team.


South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Jacques Rudolph, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Vernon Philander, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Trent Copeland.

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