We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Probable XI for Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
Probable XI for South Africa: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Khaya Zondo, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
(Based on the last 3 games)
1st innings average score: 252
2nd innings average score: 447
3rd innings average score: 309
4th innings average score: 180
Wickets per innings: 9
Type: Bouncy. Days 2 and 3 are best for batting.
Batting 1st: 33%
Batting 2nd: 67%
Fantasy Tips of The Day
In terms of experience and ability, the South African batting line-up appears thin. On the other hand, the Australian batters have been milking runs for fun lately.
On the bowling front though, both sides have a formidable pace battery, capable of generating a bunch of fantasy points.
Kagiso Rabada has taken 37 wickets this year. Against Australia, he has bagged 38 wickets in 7 Tests, out of which 15 have come Down Under.
Dean Elgar will be the man holding fort for South Africa. In 10 Tests against Australia, he has slammed 2 centuries and 3 fifties. Moreover, to begin the 2023 tour, he scored 109 in the practice match against CA XI.
The Brisbane pitch will offer everything that suits Anrich Nortje’s style of bowling. It will be interesting to see how the Australian batters deal with his thunderbolts. He has already snapped up 57 wickets in his relatively young Test career.
Kyle Verreynne has been doing a pretty decent job for his side with bat and gloves. Besides adding 365 runs at 33, he has inflicted 20 dismissals behind the stumps for the year.
Marnus Labuschagne’s summer has gotten off to the best possible start. He smashed one double hundred and two centuries in the recently concluded series against the West Indies. Additionally in Brisbane, he has registered 2 hundreds and as many fifties in 4 Tests.
Similarly, Steven Smith also began his season with a double ton at Perth. In 9 Tests against the Proteas, he has accumulated 623 runs at 42, including the highest score of 100.
It has been a stellar year for Usman Khawaja, who has amassed 1066 runs at a staggering average of 82, including 4 centuries and 5 fifties.
Regardless of the conditions, Nathan Lyon has kept fantasy players happy by striking at regular intervals for Australia. He has taken 29 wickets in his last 5 Tests, including 12 in the series against the West Indies.