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Editor's Pick (Test): South Africa - Australia

Durban sees the locking of horns of South Africa and Australia on Thursday. Kingsmead, known for its unpredictability, will be a challenge not only to the players on the field but also those playing on the Fantain Fantasy platform. The weather might be a bit of a concern as showers cannot be ruled out. This means that with the possibility of Duckworth and Lewis crashing in, the teams would do well if they kept an eye on the run rate at all times. Just in case.

On the news front. The injury-ridden players - Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Vernon Philander will be seen back on the team. Dale Steyn is still ruled out. There will not be much of a change in the Australian team especially after having defeated England recently.
Point to be noted is that South Africa is planning to slow things down. Pitch-wise. Maharaj’s spin element will come in handy.

Probable 11
SA- Elgar, Markram, Amla, ABD, Faf, De Kock, Philander, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel, Ngidi/Bavuma
AUS- Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, M Marsh, S Marsh, Paine, Starc, Lyon, Cummins, Hazlewood

Key Players

Quinton de Kock
Kagiso Rabada
Mitchell Starc
AB de Villiers
Faf du Plessis
David Warner
Vernon Philander
Tim Paine
Keshav Maharaj
Hashim Amla
Pat Cummins
Steve Smith 
Dean Elgar's stonewalling skills will be key against Australia

You will have to drop a couple of big guns to ensure that you do not need a budget of more than 100 for your fantain fantasy lineup. I might drop Smith and Amla for now. Both key but both slowing down. 

What do you think?
Indu


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