South Africa will be hosting Australia for four Tests starting on March 1st in Durban. Australia tour of South Africa is a mouth-watering prospect nevertheless. These two teams have always on the top of table when we talk about the fast bowlers. South African pitches, usually assisting the seamers, fast bowlers would be stretching their muscles for the battle. Australia gonna enter the first Test with the winning momentum after their T20 Tri-series win. Also they won three-day practice game against South Africa A. On the other hand,South Africa had a poor run against India in the recently concluded limited overs series and they would be hoping return to winning ways. Let us see five possible records which are likely to be broken in this series.
Morne Morkel: 300 Test Wickets
Morne Morkel has announced his retirement from international cricket at the end of the Australia Test series which is a sad news for all cricket fans. Since, his Test debut in 2006, he has been a vital cog in South Africa’s most compelling pace attack along with Dale Steyn. The Lanky fast bowler needs another six wickets to become the fifth South African bowler to take 300 wickets in test cricket. Let us hope he ends his illustrious career on a high note.
300+ wickets takers for SA:
421 – Shaun Pollock
419 – Dale Steyn
390 – Makhaya Nitini
330 – Allan Donald
Nathan Lyon: 300 Test Wickets
Nathan Lyon has rapidly grown as a potent spin bowler for Australia over the years. The hosts have requested for slower surfaces which could assist the spinners. Lyon, who is awaiting a chance to shine would be snooping to roll his fingers on the ball. Provided he plays all four tests, Lyon will add to his current tally of 290 test wickets. Lyon can become the first Australian off spinner and the sixth Australian to take 300 wickets in tests for which the prospects are high.
Bowlers with 300+ test wickets for Australia:
708 – Shane Warne
563 – Glenn McGrath
355 – Dennis Lillee
313 – Mitchell Johnson
310 – Brett Lee
Hashim Amla: 100 Test catches
Hashim Amla is South Africa’s most reliable test batsman has not only piled up runs for his country but also contributed immensely in the slip cordon. He is the specialist slip fielder and has so far pouched 99 catches in test cricket and he just needs one more catch to join the list of South Africa’s eminent Slip catchers club with 100+ catches as a non-keeper.
100+ Catches by South Africans in Tests:
196 – Jacques Kallis
166 – Graeme Smith
110 – AB De Villiers
Steve Smith: 10000 International runs
If it is Virat Kohli in the recently concluded series, theproteas will have to watch out for the Australian captain Steven Smith, as he is in the form of this life. Smith has so far scored 9919 international runs and he needs another 81 runs to become fastest Australian batsman to score 10000 runs in International cricket. With his current form, he might very well reach this land mark in the first test.
Steven Smith’s Total runs across Formats:
61 Tests: 6057
108 ODIs: 3431
30 T20Is: 431
Vernon Philander: 200 Test wickets
Vernon Philander is the go to man for south Africa in tests. He is one of the most consistent test bowlers around. He tends to bowl at the same spot all the time and run down the batsmen with tolerance which Glenn McGrath did for Australia successfully over the period.The Indian batsmen struggled to face him through and eventually lost the battle against Philander in the recently concluded test series. Philander now requires another 12 wickets to reach 200 test wickets. Over the course he is all set to become the fourth fastest South African to grab 200 test wickets. He Currently has 188 wickets from 50 tests.
Fastest to 200 test wickets by South African:
1. Dale Steyn
2. Allan Donald
3. Shaun Pollock