Australia and South Africa will play the pink ball Test at Adelaide Oval tomorrow afternoon.
With South Africa already winning the test series, forcing a humiliated Australia to make some drastic changes. The chairman of the selectors, Rod Marsh, quit his role after Australia lost five consecutive games. His interim successor Trevor Hohns and the panel dropped half the losing team including wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, Mitchell Marsh, Adam Voges, Joe Burns and debutants Joe Mennie and Callum Ferguson.
Adam Voges had already been ruled unable to play after suffering a concussion when struck by a bouncer to the helmet in a Sheffield Shield game last week.
Matthew Wade replaces Nevill, returning behind the stumps, and swing bowler Jackson Bird rejoins the squad hoping to restart his test career. There are four new faces in the squad: lefthanded Queenslander Matt Renshaw, 20, who open with David Warner, Peter Handscomb, fresh from a double century for the Bushrangers in a Sheffield Shield match at the weekend, New South Welshman Nic Maddinson, a powerful T20 batsman, and swing bowler Chadd Sayers who will be competing with Bird for the final bowling spot. Hohns and his panel clearly opted for youth over experience: Renshaw is the youngest player selected for the squad since Ashton Agar played in the 2013 Ashes series.
Warner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja keep their spots in the team.
South African batsman and captain Faf Du Plessis will play, despite being fined by the ICC for ball-tampering after being caught out with a lolly on his tongue while polishing the ball in the second test at Hobart. The victorious South Africans play an unchanged team chasing the first white-wash of the Aussies in a home series. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of the Australian team from the Cricket Australia Twitter feed.