Australian First Test team

Australian First Test team

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The Australian team named for the first Test against South Africa contains experienced batsmen and a youthful edge to its bowling attack.


David Warner (New South Wales). The T20 dynamo established himself in the Test team last summer with stunning centuries against new Zealand and India. After nine Tests, he averages 42, and will be keen to prove his technique is capable of countering the best pace attack in world cricket.


Ed Cowan. (Tasmania). A gritty left-handed opener who shapes as a foil to aggressive partner Warner. His patience and determination rewarded him with 68 on debut against India, but his highest score after seven Tests is 74, and he averages 29.83, so this series could be career-defining for the likeable Taswegian.Photo: Getty Images


Shane Watson (NSW). The gifted all-rounder cemented his place in the Test team as an opener, but now bats at three. Despite making only two Test centuries, his average is 37.55, showing how consistent his batting has been at the highest level. He has also taken 59 Test wickets at 28.92 in his 35 Tests.Photo: AFP


Michael Clarke. (New South Wales). At 31, he is still known as "Pup", but the experienced right-hander proved a sturdy choice as captain in his first year in charge last season, with clean sweep series victories against India and West Indies after a shock 1-1 draw with New Zealand. He reached his highest point as a batsman against India, with a majestic 329 not out at the SCG. Clarke has scored 18 Test tons from 83 Tests, and averages 48.78.Photo: Getty Images



Ricky Ponting averaged 108 last summer against India, and after a logn winter break has been in sparkling form for Tasmania, his most recent Shield game yielding 202 runs without dismissal.Photo: Reuters


Michael Hussey (Western Australia). The 73-Test veteran remains a formidable batting force at the age of 37, having made a polished 150 not out in the Sydney Test against india last summer. He has made 16 Test centuries and averages 50.Photo: Getty Images


Matthew Wade (Victoria). Drafted into the Test team as a temporary replacement for Brad Haddin, the left-hander made the position his own with a solid display behind the stumps and the only Australian century of the series in the West Indies.Photo: AFP


Peter Siddle (Victoria). The fiery paceman was man of the match in the Adelaide Test last season. Now a Test specialist at national level, the 27-year-old has taken 117 wickets in 32 Tests at an average of 29.27.Photo: Getty Images


James Pattinson (Victoria). The imposing right-arm paceman has thrilled cricket-lovers with the (injury-interrupted) start to his international career. He took five wickets in an innings in his first Two Tests against New Zealand, swinging the bal at high pace. he has taken 26 wickets in five Tests at 18.96.Photo: Getty Images


Mitchell Starc (New South Wales). The left-armer has taken ten wickets at 32 in four Test matches, and made 107 runs at the handy average of 26.75.Photo: Getty Images


Swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus (Tasmania) revived his career last summer with a briliant series against India, where he took five wickets in an innigns twice, and eight wickets for the match in Perth. He has taken 92 wickets at 28.03 from 24 Tests.Photo: Getty Images


Nathan Lyon (South Australia). The former groundsman has taken 42 wickets in 13 Tests, easily the best figures for a tweaker in the national team since the retirement of Shane Ware.Photo: AP