Check our Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing Team Picks for 2nd Test

Australia will take on South Africa in the Boxing Day Test starting on Monday. The first Test at Gabba finished within 2 days as the hosts wrapped up the game by 6 wickets and strengthen their position at the top of the ICC Test Championship standings.

Match Details:

Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Date & Time: December 26th-30th, at 5:00 AM IST and 10:30 AM Local Time

Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network

What is the pitch report for AUS vs SA, 2nd Test?

We can expect an equal contest between bat and ball. It’s hard for the bowlers to break partnerships once the batters are set. There will be more assistance for the quick bowlers in the initial one hour of play.

Recent form:

Australia: Won Won Won Lost Won

South Africa: Lost Lost Lost Won Won

AUS vs SA, 2nd Test Probable Winners:

South Africa are expected to win this match.

What is the expected, Probable Playing XIs for AUS vs SA, 2nd Test?


David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland

South Africa

Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi

Injury Updates:

Josh Hazlewood is still recovering from injury and ruled out of the 2nd Test.

What are the Top Picks, players for Dream11, My11circle and MPL for AUS vs SA, 2nd Test?

Top Pick Batter

Marnus Labuschagne has been a prolific run-scorer for Australia in recent times. He managed to score 16 runs in the 1st Test of the series. Overall in his 31 Test matches, he has scored 3057 runs at an average of 59.94.

Top Pick All-Rounder

It seemed like Travis Head was playing on a totally different surface in the 1st Test. When the other batters struggled to score runs, he added 92 runs in the 1st innings at a strike rate of 95.83.

Top Pick Bowler

Kagiso Rabada is a sheer competitor on the field and bowls with the same intensity all day. He picked up 8 wickets in the 1st Test including 4 fer in both innings.

Top Pick Wicketkeeper

Kyle Verreynne showed a lot of courage with the bat in the 1st innings of the 1st Test where he scored 64 runs which includes 8 fours and a six.


Pat Cummins bowls at a brutal pace, he swings both ways and got an excellent bouncer as well. He picked up 7 wickets in the 1st Test including 5 wicket haul in the 2nd innings.

What are the fantasy suggested teams for AUS vs SA, 2nd Test?

1. Kyle Verreynne, Steven Smith, Temba Bavuma, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Marco Jansen, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Kagiso Rabada (vc), Anrich Nortje

2. Alex Carey, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne (c), Dean Elgar, Sarel Erwee, Travis Head (vc), Marco Jansen, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada

Pre-Match Analysis:

The pacers dominated the 1st Test and the game ended inside just 2 days with Australia going 1-0 up in the series. The Gabba surface has been rated poor where the batters struggled to tackle the seamers. Travis Head was awarded the Player of the Match for his fluent 92 runs on tough batting conditions. He wants to be positive every time and scores runs at a good rate. The hosts have revealed the playing eleven for the 2nd Test with local lad Scott Boland keeping his place. David Warner is still enduring a lean patch which is a little worrying thing for the management. The pace trio Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Scott Boland was unplayable in the 1st and all charged up for the 2nd Test. Not to forget Nathan Lyon’s contributions as veteran spinner bagged 4 wickets in the opening Test. With the kind of form, they are in they are likely to take extend the lead to 2-0.

South Africa were undone by a quality seam attack in the 1st Test and lost the game by 6 wickets. The visitors too showed their fast bowling skills picking up 14 wickets in the entire Test with Kagiso Rabada bagging 8 wickets. Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne, and Khaya Zondo are the only 3 batters who showed some resistance. The bowling department looks sorted and it’s time for the batters to showcase their skills on the MCG surface where they love playing. They dropped down to the 3rd spot in the ICC World Test Championship standings with a PCT of 54.55 %. It’s a crucial game for them to keep their final hopes alive.

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