Australia batsman Rob Quiney plays on November 2. Australia won the toss and chose to bat in the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide as the Proteas were forced to make a late change to their team on Thursday.
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ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) - Australia won the toss and chose to bat in the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide as the Proteas were forced to make a late change to their team on Thursday.
Paceman Vernon Philander was ruled out with a back complaint, which gave Rory Kleinveldt another chance after he was initially passed over for selection.
The Proteas made two other changes, with leg-spinner Imran Tahir coming into the side and all-rounder Faf Du Plessis making his debut for the injured JP Duminy.
Australia named an unchanged team with left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc again omitted.
Shane Watson is also missing from the Australian line-up after failing to prove his fitness following a calf injury and Rob Quiney will again bat at number three.
Adelaide traditionally takes spin late in the match and South African skipper Graeme Smith is banking on wrist-spinner Tahir to make a valuable contribution with his wrong'un turning away from the Australian left-handers.
The Test is being played against the backdrop of a construction site with entire grandstands demolished and ground capacity reduced almost by half as Adelaide Oval undergoes a Aus$530 million ($550 million) redevelopment.
Australia - David Warner, Ed Cowan, Rob Quiney, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Michael Clarke (capt), Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus.
South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rory Kleinveldt.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Billy Bowden (NZL)
TV umpire: Asad Rauf (PAK)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)