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Australia to bat first in 2nd Test at Adelaide, Philander out for Proteas

Updated: Nov 22, 2012, 09:20 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Adelaide: Australian captain Michael Clarke won the toss and decided to bat first in the 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

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South Africa will be without the services of Vernon Philander due to a back injury. The all rounder will be replaced in the squad by Rory Kleinveldt.

Philander’s injury is the second major injury scare for the Proteas after JP Duminy pulled out of the series due to an Achilles injury.

Faf du Plessis will make his debut in place of the injured JP Duminy and spinner Imran Tahir has also been included in the playing eleven.

Australia meanwhile decided to field an unchanged team in Adelaide.