Pat Cummins returns for the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane

The Australian skipper's return was confirmed after the hosts announced the team for the first Test in Brisbane on Friday.

Pat Cummins returns for the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane

The Australian skipper's return was confirmed after the hosts announced the team for the first Test in Brisbane on Friday.
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The Australian team has been handed a massive boost ahead of the Gabba Test against the Proteas as Pat Cummins returns to the squad after missing the series finale against the Windies. The Australian skipper was a major doubt for the series opener against Dean Elgar’s South Africa after sustaining a quadriceps injury during the first Test against the Windies in Perth. Cummins replaces Micheal Neser in the starting eleven for the home side.

Pat Cummins returns for the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane | Sportz Point
Pat Cummins
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The Australian skipper’s return was confirmed after the hosts announced the team for the first Test in Brisbane on Friday. However, Cummins will retake his leadership duties from Steve Smith, who led the side the in the absence of the star pacer.

Although Scott Boland retains his place in the starting eleven due to Josh Hazlewood’s omission due to a side strain, Michael Neser had to make way for the Aussie skipper despite impressing in Adelaide.

It is worth noting that this is the first red-ball contest between the two sides since the infamous ‘Sandpapergate’ in the 2018 series. The home side is the favorites heading into the contest given their formidable batting unit, which includes the mercurial middle-order pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. The former, born in South Africa, will be playing in a Test match against the country of his birth for the first time in his career.

However, they will face an acid test against the famed Protean fast bowling attack that features Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Marco Jansen.

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Australia XI for the first test against South Africa

David Warner
Usman Khawaja
Marnus Labuschagne
Steve Smith
Travis Head
Cameron Green
Alex Carey (wk)
Pat Cummins (C)
Mitchell Starc
Nathan Lyon
Scott Boland

The green top at the Gabba is sure to excite the visitors, who have won their last three red-ball series Downunder. But a lackluster batting performance in the England series will be a cause of concern for the indomitable Dean Elgar heading into the mouthwatering contest against the Aussies. 

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