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Baggy green bolters urged to relax, enjoy

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Welcome to the new era of Australian cricket, when net-session introductions are more than a metaphor and you can make the transition from Test outcast to leader in a single squad announcement.

Batsmen Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson and Matt Renshaw will make Test debuts for Australia on Thursday, when the final chapter of a three-Test series against South Africa starts in Adelaide.

Paceman Chadd Sayers is also in line to receive a baggy green for the day-night clash.

If Sayers is picked ahead of Jackson Bird it will be the biggest influx of debutants to Australia's Test side in a single game since the advent of World Series Cricket in 1977-78.

The pressure will be on Steve Smith's side following those changes, along with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's recall at the expense of Peter Nevill.

But they also represent a chance to start with a clean slate as Smith desperately attempts to avoid Australia's first whitewash in a home Test series since federation.

"It's a new era ... we have to build something together," paceman Josh Hazlewood said.

"That will take shape over the next few days at training and getting to know the young guys.

"We spoke about it yesterday and today ... a lot of new guys, so they'll be quite nervous going into this game. It's up to us senior guys to help them out and into the game."

The most recent of Wade's 12 Tests came in March 2013.

But the recalled keeper, who has been behind the stumps in 79 ODIs and captains Handscomb at Victoria, feels ready to step up and lead.

"I've played enough first-class cricket now and been around the Australian set-up long enough to feel like I can go out and lead," Wade said.

"I feel like I can help the younger guys if I need it. Whatever the team needs.

Australia are reeling from five consecutive Test losses, a streak that prompted chairman of selectors Rod Marsh to resign last week.

The Proteas hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series, having recorded crushing victories in Perth and Hobart.

Wade suggested it was important he, Smith and David Warner take the pressure off Renshaw, who will open the batting on Test debut at age 20.

"It's about having a relaxed environment," he said.

"That's one of the things Steve does really well around the group, let's us relax."

Hazlewood, listed by coach Darren Lehmann as one of four players guaranteed selection after a dismal showing in Hobart, also finds himself one of the leaders of the side.

The right-armer, who has claimed 11 wickets in the series, planned on sending a simple message to new teammates

"I know it' s been tough but you still have to have fun out there and enjoy your cricket," Hazlewood said.

"It's about enjoyment. It's one thing we haven't done as well as we could have this summer - enjoy our cricket.

"I'm now a senior member of the team and showing a good example is one way to lead."

Australia had a low-key session on Monday, when most of the players arrived in Adelaide.

Every member of the squad, barring pacemen Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, featured in Sheffield Shield contests that wrapped up on Sunday.

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