Australia & the Proteas at 1-1 after crushing South African win
by Ken Edwards, 13 March 2018
Australia and South Africa head to Cape Town with the Test Series locked at 1-1. The Proteas wrapped up a dominant six-wicket win in Port Elizabeth on the back of a total team performance highlighted by a magnificent AB De Villiers century and a stunning fast bowling effort by Kagiso Rabada.
However, the hosts are heading to Cape Town’s Newlands, without the services of their star fast bowler. Port Elizabeth’s Man-of-the-Match, and newly-crowned World Number 1 ranked test bower, Kagiso Rabada, has been suspended for the remaining two Tests after his brush with Australia captain Steve Smith.
The young South African firebrand bowled superbly, taking 11 wickets for the match as South Africa eased to a convincing six-wicket win.
However, Cricket South Africa and Rabada are seeking legal advice to check if it may be possible to appeal the match referee’s verdict. Rabada could still play if he is cleared by any potential appeal before the Cape Town Test.
Rabada’s absence may tip the series odds in Australia’s favour
With the South African victory, this means that the test series is destined to go down to the wire one way or another. Unbelievably, South Africa haven’t yet won a home Test series against Australia since their readmission in 1992, and Bookmaker.com.au has them at $4.33 to do exactly that.
There are $2.88 odds on the 2-2 series draw, which is understandably the Bookmaker.com.au favourite after two very different, opposite and uneven test matches.
The bigger picture, however, has Australia slightly more likely ($2.10) to close out a series win.