Following their abysmal losses at the hands of South Africa, the Australian selectors have taken some tough decisions and have dropped as many as 6 players from the current squad. Not only that, four newcomers will be making their test debut in the third and last test match against South Africa. Australia has not handed test caps to four debutants in the same match since 1978.
After the humiliation loss in the second test where Australian batting was bundled out for only 85 in the first innings and 161 in the second, chairman of selectors Rod Marsh resigned. Cricket Australia brought back Greg Chappell and Trevor Hohns. Mark Waugh is the other member in the selection panel. The new selection panel has dropped Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Adam Voges, Joe Mennie and Peter Nevill have been dropped.
Players who survived the axe are David Warner, Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Usman Khawaja. Matt Renshaw, Nic Maddinson, Peter Handscomb and Chadd Sayers are the players set to make debuts. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and bowler Jackson Bird have been recalled into the test squad.