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South Africa Vs Australia 3rd Test Preview

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Test match cricket can’t get any better than the world No.1 side South Africa having to battle it out to win a home series against a worthy challenger in Australia. These two Test cricket power houses have cancelled each other out in the first two Tests of the series by getting one big win over each other.

Test cricket lovers just can’t wait to catch the finale of this gripping series as it moves to Cape Town for the deciding 3rd Test Match, to be played between the 1st and the 5th of March. While the momentum is with South Africa, who won the second Test convincingly to regain their confidence and mojo at home, The Australians will know that it won't be beyond them to put the hosts under pressure once again given the see-saw nature of this series so far.

South Africa’s top order fought away the Mitchell Johnson induced demons, albeit on a much more favourable surface for batting, in the second Test at Port Elizabeth after being run over by the fiery and quick left-armer in the opening Test Match of the series, and will be confident about winning the series in the 3rd Test match.

While Australia’s bowlers found a resilient opposition this time around, the Kangaroo think-tank will be disappointed at the poor batting display from their top order, particularly in the second innings, when they lost 9 wickets in a session Day 4.

Port Elizabeth was a typically slow surface that didn’t help Aussie Spearhead Mitchell Johnson and while Cape Town also does take some turn late on in the game, the pitch is expected to offer more assistance to the seamers earlier on in the Test match.

Australia’s batsmen will be put to the test against a well drilled South African bowling unit, which according to many, is the best bowling unit in the world. One can expect more strange twists in this Test match again though as it has been a series of unexpected momentum shifts.

It is not the ideal game for the punters as both Test matches so far have hinted at no pattern whatsoever. One doesn’t expect too many changes in the line-ups that started in the second test but Australia may mull over the inclusion of Vice-Captain and all-rounder Shane Watson back into the team at the expense of the rookie Alex Doolan while South Africa too might have to make a forced change and bring back pacer Ryan Mclaren for the injured Wayne Parnell.

Key Players to watch

Michael Clarke: The Aussie skipper hasn’t made a hundred since his century at Adelaide in the 2nd Ashes Test and has gone 11 innings without a score over 25. The stylish stroke maker is too good to miss out on too many outings though and what better occasion than this deciding Test to set the record straight.

D Steyn: The Steyn remover worked perfectly for the Proteas in the second Test match and the skipper Graeme Smith will be hoping that his main strike bowler can win him the series with another stellar showing in the final test match.

Match Prediction: South Africa will capitalize on their gained momentum and win the series 2-1