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October 12, 2011
Match FactsOctober 13, Cape Town
Australia are trying to find their best Twenty20 outfit, under the captaincy of Cameron White, and they have three uncapped men in this squad. One of those is the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who has benefited from Brad Haddin's recent retirement from the format and Tim Paine's broken finger. The side is also in a state of flux off the field: Troy Cooley is the acting coach for this trip after Tim Nielsen's resignation following the tour of Sri Lanka, while the selection panel is temporary while replacements are found. Five members of the Twenty20 squad will fly home ahead of the ODIs, so quite how much momentum the team could carry if they win in the shortest format is questionable. But kicking off the tour with a win would be an adequate start.
In the spotlight
At 18, Patrick Cummins will become Australia's second-youngest debutant in any format. Only Ian Craig, who won a baggy green at 17, was younger. Cummins bowls with genuine speed and has won rave reviews, most recently from his team-mate Shane Watson, who said Cummins was "as impressive as I've seen for any young guy coming through for the past ten years". He is, however, incredibly raw, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressures of international cricket.
South Africa (possible) 1 Hashim Amla (capt), 2 Graeme Smith, 3 JP Duminy, 4 Colin Ingram, 5 David Miller, 6 Heino Kuhn (wk), 7 Johan Botha, 8 Robin Peterson, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Rusty Theron, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
The absence of Brett Lee due to his bout of appendicitis guarantees a debut for Cummins. On a pitch that could offer some turn, Steve O'Keefe and Steven Smith are both likely to play. Aaron Finch is the extra batsman in the squad, but he will struggle to oust Shaun Marsh or David Hussey.
Australia (possible): 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 David Hussey, 5 Cameron White (capt), 6 Steven Smith/Mitchell Marsh, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Steve O'Keefe, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Patrick Cummins, 11 Doug Bollinger.
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Stats and trivia
"We didn't play that well in Sri Lanka but in the same breath we weren't that far away either. I think we are heading in the right direction. We've got a very young squad together now and the more Twenty20 we play, the better we will be."
Australia captain Cameron White on his team's progress
Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Brydon Coverdale
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Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
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