Why Australia and South Africa play a unique international T20? On the gold coast? Because Cricket Australia is trying to add this "growth area" for Australian sports to its list of regular and reliable markets. While many other sports, whether AFL, A-League soccer or rugby league, have had several misadventures in trying to place the clubs in an area known for a large but transient population, CA's focus is more on the concept of capitalize on tourists. with individual matches instead of setting up a complete team. This game will be followed by the Big Bash League in December.
"The Costa Dorada is an unusual market when you think about it," BBL chief Kim McConnie said earlier this year. "It is the sixth largest city in Australia and at that time of year [in December] it is a very different market, the influx of tourism makes the landscape change significantly, many of these tourists are from Sydney and Melbourne. , so when we look at it we think "let's do something a little different and bring another team there too".
All these considerations, largely commercial, leave the teams of Aaron Finch and Faf du Plessis facing each other for a Contest The only one that seems unbalanced by an important factor While South Africa still has its full bowling attack, Australia does not count with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon because of their concurrent preparation for the test series against India.  Form Guide
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In the center of attention
Having beaten all kinds of records with his first double-century match for Western Australia in the limited national tournament, D & # 39; Arcy Short fought in the UAE against Pakistan, and in the final match was found degraded to the extreme lower of the middle order. More familiar climates should see a return to the opening along with Aaron Finch, a position from which Short has the opportunity to settle on the fold and then show the kind of ability to hit the ball that had the spectators crouching in Hurstville Oval .  A viewer so far on this tour, Tabraiz Shamsi should have the opportunity to explore Australia's well-known weaknesses against the turn in the T20. His personality in the field should also be interesting for some intriguing exchanges with an Australian team distrustful of the provocation of opponents due to its identity crisis and highly publicized cultural review behind Newlands.
With Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins in the preparation mode for the test match, the bowling alignment will change significantly. Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa face each other in a duel, while Jason Behrendorff competes for a rhythm with AJ Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake.
Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 D & # 39; Arcy Short, 3 Chris Lynn, 4 Ben McDermott, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Alex Carey (week), 7 Marcus Stoinis , 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Adam Zampa, 10 AJ Tye, 11 Billy Stanlake
In the absence of JP Duminy, South Africa has to shuffle batting order, which may see David Miller promoted as it was for the ODI series .
South Africa (probable) 1 Quinton de Kock (week), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 4 David Miller, 5 Heinrich Klassen 6 Aiden Markram, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabra Shamsi
Pitch and conditions
The curator of Gold Coast Stadium, Kerry Betihavas, made it clear that he is trying to prepare a surface as overflowing as possible, looking towards the Possibility of more than 200 scores for the international debut. Possible electrical storms are forecast at night.
Statistics and trivia
- The Gold Coast Stadium becomes the fifth international venue in Queensland, after the Exhibition Ground and the Gabba in Brisbane, the Cazaly & # 39; s Stadium in Cairns and the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville  Australia having won 11 of 17 T20I meetings with South Africa, including the two most recent games in 2016
"A team victory would be good, that's the No. 1 priority, but if I can contribute few races that would be an advantage, the boys are training hard, working hard in the nets, hitting them well, and in the locker room all the boys have a smile on their face .We hope to turn it around, get a couple of results and get a little momentum. "
"Football [has] is a situation where your clubs play and then there is an international tournament, in my opinion, it's a good place for T20 cricket to be, because you should not try to compete with the leagues because they are very strong at this moment ".
Faf du Plessis gives his opinion on where the T20Is are located