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South Africa vs Australia, 2018- 5 Players to watch out for in the third Test

Santosh Kumar
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817   //    21 Mar 2018, 20:24 IST

Rivalry set to resume at Newlands stadium in Cape Town
Rivalry set to resume at Newlands stadium in Cape Town

Cape Town, with the beautiful Table mountain in the backdrop, will bear witness to the third Test between host South Africa and Australia. The series stands at one all. So far, action on the ground has been overshadowed by emotional sendoffs and frequent visits to the match referee's chamber.

Kagiso Rabada, the hero of last test, has been cleared to play the next two tests after his 2 match ban was overturned by ICC's code of conduct appeal commissioner Michael Heron. South Africa will be buoyed by the news while Australia might just need to alter their plans at the last moment.

We look at 5 key players who have had a quiet series so far but can decide which way the series will go.

#1 Steven Smith

Steven Smith has struggled against the guile of Maharaj
Steve Smith has struggled against the spin of Maharaj

Steven Smith is the central rock around which the Australian batting revolves. He has had a middling series so far. Keshav Maharaj has given the Australian skipper tough time in this series. Smith has struggled to gauge the spin and trajectory of his deliveries getting beaten on both the inside and the outside edges.

In the 4 innings of this series, the Australian skipper has scored 130 runs at an average of 32.50. South African have not allowed Smith to get away in any of the innings so far.

Australia will need Smith to be at his best if they want to triumph over a resurgent South Africa and maintain their impeccable record.

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