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Penpix of South Africa's likely Test squad

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12 PLAYERS LIKELY TO FEATURE IN TEST SERIES FROM SOUTH AFRICA'S 16-MAN SQUAD

STEPHEN COOK

Age: 33

Tests: 3

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 44.00

Captained South Africa A during recent series in Queensland. Expected to open despite struggling in both of his side's tour games.

DEAN ELGAR

Age: 29

Tests: 26

Playing role: Left-handed batsman

Test batting average: 26.22

Recorded a pair on Test debut when he most recently played at the WACA. Reached three figures in the Proteas' final tour game before the first Test.

HASHIM AMLA

Age: 33 Tests: 94

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 51.16

Resigned as South Africa's Test skipper at the start of the year but at the crease he is unflappable as ever. Will prove incredibly hard to dismiss if past encounters are any guide.

FAF DU PLESSIS

Age: 32

Tests: 31

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 42.39

The stand-in captain, who finished unbeaten after spending almost eight hours at the crease during a memorable Test debut at Adelaide Oval in 2012. Riled Australia even more in 2014 when he likened them to a "pack of dogs".

JP DUMINY

Age: 32

Tests: 36

Playing role: Left-handed batsman

Test batting average: 32.44

Has been in and out of South Africa's Test side since making his debut in Perth some eight years ago but generally saves his best for Australia.

TEMBA BAVUMA

Age: 26

Tests: 11

Playing role: Right-handed batsman

Test batting average: 39.75

Made history earlier this year by becoming the first black South African to score a Test century. Another member of the South Africa A squad that gained valuable experience in Australia earlier this year.

QUINTON DE KOCK Age: 23

Tests: 10

Playing role: Wicketkeeper

Test batting average: 47.66

Swashbuckling batsman who belted 178 against Australia in an ODI during the recent series. Already has 221 runs on tour, having impressed in both of the squad's tune-ups.

VERNON PHILANDER

Age: 31

Tests: 34

Playing role: Right-arm fast-medium

Test bowling average: 22.09 Became the fastest South African to 100 Test wickets but only recently reclaimed his spot in the XI, having suffered a serious ankle injury last year.

KAGISO RABADA

Age: 21

Tests: 8

Playing role: Right-arm fast

Test bowling average: 24.44

Has spoken of his desire to hit the 160 km/h mark and will be one to watch, especially in the day-night Test. Has rattled Steve Smith's side in the other two formats but yet to tour Australia.

DALE STEYN

Age: 33

Tests: 84

Playing role: Right-arm fast

Test bowling average: 22.24

Approaching the end of what has been a magnificent career but is still very much capable of striking fear into batsmen's hearts.

TABRAIZ SHAMSI

Age: 26

Tests: 0

Playing role: Left-arm wrist spinner

Test bowling average: N/A

Celebrates every wicket with vigour and appeals are likewise voracious. Rowed with a couple of Australians before making his international debut this year, having left a poor impression on David Warner and others during the IPL.

MORNE MORKEL

Age: 32

Tests: 71

Playing role: Right-arm fast

Test bowling average: 29.33

The fit-again beanpole is capable of inflicting serious pain with his bounce. Just ask Michael Clarke, who suffered a fractured shoulder and blows to the glove and helmet during a bouncer barrage in Cape Town two years ago.

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