South Africa could be without frontline spin bowler Imran Tahir for the fourth one-dayer against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after he injured his knee in the 73-run defeat in Canberra on Wednesday.
Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson may be rested after the second one-day international against South Africa to keep him fresh for the test series against India and next year`s World Cup, the left-arm speedster said on Saturday.
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been ruled out of all five matches in Australia`s one-day series against South Africa, putting him in further doubt for next month`s Tests against India, Cricket Australia said Friday.
Australia batsman Steven Smith will be rested for the opening one-day international against South Africa in Perth, with all-rounder Shane Watson returning to the side after recovering from injury, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.
Fireworks can be expected when Australia meet South Africa in five one-day internationals over the next two weeks even if the focus for both sides will be putting in place the structures for World Cup success next year.
Rilee Rossouw smashed a sparkling 78 off 50 balls to drive a youthful South Africa side to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood received his reward for some fine domestic form on Wednesday when he was included in a pace-heavy 13-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against South Africa next month.