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Gauteng in winter is not one for rain, and this will be the case again. No rain is forecast, which will help avoid a disaster like Durban.
Australia have not lost here since 1988 when they faced those fearsome Windies. The deck is suited to pace, for most of the game.
India are favourites, unless South Africa's batsmen can find a way to combat the spinners they were so easily defeated by in Mohali.
Batting first is imperative here, as the deck gets slow and spinny quite soon into the game. Pacemen can get some assistance early on, mind.
One suspects the toss winner will bat first, to get settled before the lights come on. And the deck will flatten out as the game unfolds.
Australia have named the same pace attack that destroyed New Zealand in the first Test, as they expect this deck to be good to pacers.
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