T20 specialist Shane Watson will be a crucial figure in the Australian batting © Getty Images
T20 specialist Shane Watson will be a crucial figure in the Australian batting © Getty Images

Nov 5, 2014

Australia and South Africa meet in the first of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series to be held at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday. South Africa look to make the most of the opportunity to get acclimatised to the conditions in Australia, which will co-host the upcoming World Cup with New Zealand in February-March. The team that South Africa face in the Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) is a second-string one, given that the main players are yet to return from their tour of the UAE.

The overall aura is not a motivating one for the Australian team, especially after the Test series loss to Pakistan, but the fresh faces need to forget those cruel thoughts and get back to hitting sixes in the shortest format. Aaron Finch has been picked to lead Australia in the T20s. The Aussies will miss the services of Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh and Steven Smith. The the wicket-keeping duty is handed over to Ben Dunk owing to his recent form in the domestic season.

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