Steven Smith will want to reclaim their No. 1 spot in Test with victory in this series    Getty Images
Steven Smith will want to reclaim their No. 1 spot in Test with victory in this series Getty Images

Australia are all set to take on South Africa for the first Test at W.A.C.A Stadium in Perth on Thursday. Catch the live telecast of the match over Star Sports HD 2 and Star Sports 2, while the live streaming of the match will be available on starsports.com. Australia and South Africa have already indulged in war of words ahead of the first Test. With Peter Siddle s open challenge to stand-in captain Faf du Plessis over collapse of the middle-order or Dale Steyn s snake theory over Australia skipper Steven Smith, all will come into play on the first match at Perth. Both teams have made few changes to their side and have their experienced players back to the side. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at WACA, Perth

South Africa have few changes to their side with Tabraiz Shamsi making his Test debut and Morne Morkel making comeback to the side after being injury prone. Rillee Rossouw will be person missing out in this Test series along with Dane Piedt. But South Africa enter this series with their head-up after whitewashing Australia in the One-Day International (ODI) by 5-0. South Africa had a decent outing against New Zealand at home and won the Test series then by 1-0, where the other match was washed out due to rain. Last time, du Plessis and AB de Villiers led their side to victory against Australia. This time their key players will be expected to step-up along with the middle-order.

Australia, in contrast, had a terrifying outing with regards to Tests in this year. Though they reclaimed the No. 1 spot after defeating New Zealand, they lost the top spot to India after being whitewashed by Sri Lanka during their tour to the sub-continent. Australia have now their main players like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, veteran Peter Siddle back to the side and knowing the havoc Nathan Lyon and Starc created in the Sri Lanka series, South Africa do need have certain points to be wary of. Australia have been whitewashed in Twenty20 International (T20I) and Test series this year, ODIs have not favoured them any luck. ALSO READ: AUS vs SA 1st Test Preview and Prediction: Faltering Australians take on confident South Africa

They do have cricketers like Shaun Marsh, Peter Neville and Adam Voges who can score centuries at the need of the hour. This time around, the captain Smith will expect that their batsmen do not depend only on their captain an deputy David Warner. South Africa have ruled twice over Australia during their tour Down Under. This time the Proteas will aim for a hat-trick and want to whitewash the Aussies on their home soil.