And so we continue with our month long previews of India v England and Australia v South Africa…
This morning I wrote about the grounds that are set to host the former series, and so without further ado a similar post on the grounds set to host the latter:
The three tests of the South African tour of Australia will be played at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Wooloongabba (aka, the “Gabba”), the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide (no fancy nickname), and the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground in Perth (aka, the “WACA”.
Your geography lesson:
South Africa has played three tests at the Gabba (including the first one ever, in 1931, which Australia won by an innings and 163 runs) but none since 1963; seven at the Adelaide Oval; and two at the WACA (which was opened in 1970, and so due to the Apartheid ban, South Africa did not play their first test there until 2005.)
Over those 12 matches, South Africa has won three, lost five, and drawn the rest.
South Africa has never won at the Gabba, but they have won two of their seven matches in Adelaide, and they have not lost at the WACA, drawing their first ever match there in 2005 and then winning their second match there in 2008 by six wickets.
Australia, throughout the years, have been quite dominant on their home patches, including these three grounds. Since 1884, they have played 163 test matches at either Brisbane, Adelaide, or Perth, winning 91 and only losing 34, with one tie and the rest draws. A winning percentage of nearly 56%.
And so despite the fact that South Africa are the number one test side on the planet (whatever that means), I think they will struggle down under.
My predictions (subject to change):
Brisbane: Australia win
Adelaide: Australia win