Super Test - Day 1
Alright, here we go. The Super Test is about to begin shortly. The weather is expected to play a huge role in this 6 day test which is a shame. With the extra time for the World XI to acclimatize in Sydney, I hope to see a better contest. After the debacle in the ODI series, the players should be charged up to give the Aussies a fight.
Graem Smith's choice of the final eleven was expected with Inzamam finding a position in it. With the ommision of Shaun Pollock, the bowling will be spearheaded by Harmison and Flintoff with Kallis as the third seamer. South Africa has not had spinners of the capability of Vettori and Murali and Smith will be in unchartered territory as far as manning them is concerned.
These are the lineups:
Australia 1 Justin Langer, 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Simon Katich, 6 Shane Watson, 7 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 8 Shane Warne, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Glenn McGrath, 11 Stuart MacGill, 12 Brad Hodge.
World XI 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Inzamam-ul-Haq, 5 Brian Lara, 6 Jacques Kallis, 7 Andrew Flintoff, 8 Mark Boucher, 9 Daniel Vettori, 10 Steve Harmison, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan.