After a wash-out at Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Australia will be hoping the rain stays away as they finalise plans ahead of the World t20 in Bangladesh.
The second t20 at Durban takes place on Wednesday evening, and unfortunately, the forecast is not promising, leading to the distinct possibility that both sides could go into their first game of the tournament with little match practice.
Both sides have squads featuring lesser-known players, and South Africa will hope that they can find a winning combination before their first game of the World t20, against Asia Cup winners Sri Lanka on March 22.
Faf du Plessis will captain South Africa, and is expected to bat at three, below young wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and experienced batsman Hashim Amla. Dale Steyn is unavailable for the hosts due to a hamstring injury, and will also miss the third game in Centurion.
Ahead of his first t20 international for over a year, Albie Morkel made it clear that his role is intended to be as a finisher at the end of an innings, as well as bowling some overs of seam. He told journalists "They want me to finish the games with David Miller, AB and JP. The four of us will be looking to bat overs from 10 to 20" in a pre-match press conference.
For Australia, veteran spinner Brad Hogg will not play due to a strained hamstring, and all-rounder James Faulkner is still a doubt due to the knee injury which kept him out of the test series. Brad Haddin will keep wicket after his impressive form against England over the Christmas period.
They will want to find a spin combination that works before playing on the turning pitches of Bangladesh, so Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch could well both bowl some overs to compliment young leg-spinner James Muirhead, who debuted against England in January.
South Africa: 1. Amla, 2. de Kock (wk) 3. du Plessis (captain) 4. Duminy 5. de Villiers 6. Miller 7. A. Morkel 8. Abbott 9. Hendricks 10. M. Morkel 11. Tahir
Australia: 1. Finch 2. Warner 3. Watson 4. Bailey (captain) 5. Hodge 6. Haddin (wk) 7. Maxwell 8. Christian 9. Coulter-Nile 10. Starc 11. Muirhead.
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