Mickey-leaks: ‘Smith susceptible to lbw, short-pitched stuff for Kallis... and let’s play a psychological war with Amla’

Morne Morkel: 'He can be a bit all over place, we should look to put him off his game by scoring on both sides of the wicket. We should look to test his ability to absorb pressure. He is another bowler we want coming back for his third or fourth spell.'

Imran Tahir: 'Can be very impatient with his bowling and it leads to him being expensive.'

Four reasons to wake up at 5:30 Am and tune in

No.1 up for grabs:South Africa recently became the No.1 Test side in the world after a 2-0 win in England. They will hold on to the ranking if they win or draw the series. A series win for Australia will catapult them back to number one. In what is a warning to the incumbents, the last two sides to hold the No.1 ranking, India and England, went on downward spirals soon after they climbed to the summit.

Who will win: It couldn't be harder to predict. Over the last eight Tests that Australia and South Africa have contested, the record stands at 4-4. None of those 8 Tests, across three series, were drawn.

Pace like fire: SA's pacers — Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel — are among the top 10 in the ICC ratings. But last season against India, Hilfenhaus, Pattinson and Siddle suggested they might be just as good.

Ponting vs Kallis, one last time Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis will feature in the same series for probably the last time. Over recent years, Kallis has been as consistent as ever, while Ponting came out of a slump with a majestic display against India. Some of Ponting's greatest knocks have come against SA, while Australia is one of the two countries against whom Kallis averages less than 40.

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