JP Duminy says South Africa will “try to exploit” the wholesale changes to the Australia squad as the Proteas target a whitewash.
With the home side in crisis mode after losing five consecutive Tests, including two at home to surrender the ongoing series against the Proteas, new interim Australian convenor of selectors Trevor Hohns has axed six players that were part of the innings and 80-run embarrassment at Hobart.
Batsmen Joe Burns, Adam Voges (concussion), Callum Ferguson and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, plus fast bowler Joe Mennie are the casualties.
The selectors have been forced to go with three uncapped batsmen this week along with the return of pacemen Chadd Sayers and Jackson Bird along with Matthew Wade behind the stumps for Thursday’s start to the final Test.
However, it will be England-born 20-year old Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson that will be the men in the firing line facing up to Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Hobart hero Kyle Abbott in SA’s first day/night Test.
JP says: “To be honest, I don’t know a lot about them. But when you’re making your debut in the Test match arena, you are going to be nervous. Any sort of team is going to try and exploit that.
“We have to prepare for potential new players coming in. There will be strategies.
“But at the present time we are just focusing on ourselves in terms of what sort of strategy and game plan we want to come up with and play our brand of
A big part of South Africa’s preparation was trying to adjust to the pink ball during the twilight period.
The lefthander adds: “The ball has a gloomy feel to it. I don’t know what is causing that. The weirdest thing is that when it’s completely dark, it is a little bit easier [to see the ball].”