Kyle Abbott was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa    Getty Images (File Photo)
Kyle Abbott was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa Getty Images (File Photo)

Australia lost the second Test at Hobart against South Africa by an innings and 80 runs, with the last eight wickets falling for just 32 runs, before lunch on Day Four. Former Australian players Chris Rogers and Simon Katich have called for sweeping changes for the third and final Test at Adelaide, which will be a day-night Test, scheduled to begin from November 24. While Rogers believes as many as six players deserve the axe for the final Test, Katich says that South Africa have ruthlessly exposed Australia. This is Australia s fifth continuous loss, following a 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka, that saw them forfeiting the No. 1 Test status. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

“It’s unbelievable that these collapse keep happening. You expect fight and it’s just not happening,” Rogers said, according to cricket.com.au. “There will be some reactions here. I can’t see this being anywhere near the same side for the next Test,” he added. “I know some will say you’ve got to give them more than one Test (but) I know some very good one-Test players. It’s whether you just start again, go with a clean sheet, write down those five names [Smith, Warner, Khawaja, Starc, Hazlewood] and go again.” Katich says that that Australia s batting has been ruthlessly exposed. “There are still four Tests to come this summer, and this is on the back of what happened against Sri Lanka [where Australia were beaten 3-0],” he said.

“People expect it to be hard for the Australian cricket team away from home, but this has happened in our backyard, our fortress. All of a sudden this batting line-up has been ruthlessly exposed. There is a lack of confidence, a lack of belief. I’m blown away. “We shouldn’t perhaps be as surprised given the amount of collapses we’ve seen these past few years but to witness that this morning was very, very disappointing. The South Africa bowlers have exposed their technique yes, but it’s there mindset that has been really exposed today, and ruthlessly.”