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Aussies firm after naming three debutants for Adelaide Test

Wed, Nov 23, 4:38pm by Jake Equid

Following the naming of the Australian XI and the confirmation that Faf du Plessis will play for the Proteas, the betting market for the third Test in Adelaide had had a couple of interesting fluctuations.

Australia have firmed significantly from $2.85 to $2.50 and the draw has drifted out from $4.75 to $5.85 just a day out from the historic Test. South Africa remain favourites and are now at $2.05 after starting the week at $2.

Captain Steve Smith announced his team on Wednesday, confirming that South Australian paceman Chadd Sayers will not play his debut at his home ground but instead Tasmanian quick Jackson Bird will play his sixth Test and his first since he faced New Zealand in Christchurch in February.

That means there will be three debutants for the Australians, Matt Renshaw will open the batting, Peter Handscomb will bat in the middle order as will Nic Maddinson.

The trio of debutants will be part of the most drastically changed Australian Test team in more than 30 years, reflecting the dire circumstances in which they will enter the arena.

WATCH: Our Preview of the third Test

The other press conference that was held in Adelaide on Wednesday saw South African skipper Faf du Plessis take the stage following being charged for ball tampering in the second Test – where he was fined 100% of his match fee.

There were suggestions on Tuesday that Cricket South Africa would challenge the verdict, a move that risked the captain being banned for a Test match but wiser heads have prevailed, the tourists will name their XI at the toss.

It may be a dead-rubber with South Africa sealing the series win 2-0 in Hobart but there is much more riding on the result here than meets the eye. Australia need to avoid defeat to ensure they keep the 140-year record in tact of never being whitewashed on home soil.

Sportsbet Market

Match betting 

Australia $2.50

Draw $5.85

South Africa 2.05

Draw No Bet 

Australia $2.07

South Africa $1.70

To Win the Toss 

Australia $1.87

South Africa $1.87

Top Australian Runscorer – 1st Innings 

David Warner $3.75

Steve Smith $3.75

Usman Khawaja $4

Matt Renshaw $6

Peter Handscomb $7

Nic Maddinson $8

Matthew Wade $15

Mitchell Starc $67

Chadd Sayers $101

Josh Hazlewood $101

Nathan Lyon $151

Top South African Runscorer – 1st Innings 

Hashim Amla $4.33

Faf du Plessis $5.50

Dean Elgar $5.50

Quinton de Kock $6

JP Duminy $6

Stephen Cook $7

Temba Bavuma $8

Rilee Russouw $8

Dane Vilas $13

Vernon Philander $51

Keshav Maharaj $67

Kyle Abbott $101

Kagiso Rabada $276

Morne Morkel $276

Tabraiz Shamsi $276


Man of the Match 

David Warner $8.50

Steve Smith $8.50

Mitchell Starc $9.50

Usman Khawaja $11

Matt Renshaw $15

Josh Hazlewood $15

Peter Handscomb $15

Chadd Sayers $21

Nic Maddinson $21

Nathan Lyon $21

Matthew Wade $34

Hashim Amla $10

Faf du Plessis $11

Kagiso Rabada $13

Vernon Philander $13

JP Duminy $15

Quinton de Kock $15

Kyle Abbott $15

Morne Morkel $18

Dean Elgar $18

Stephen Cook $21

Keshav Maharaj $26

Rilee Rossouw $21

Tabraiz Shamsi $26

Temba Bavuma $26

Dane Vilas $34

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