Cape Town – The Durban Test between the Proteas and Australia starting on Thursday is too close to call, say leading bookmakers.
Steve Smith’s visiting Australian side are in the country for four Tests – in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg – in what promises to be a mouth-watering series.
Australia are fresh off an Ashes demolition of England, while the Proteas beat top-ranked India on home soil earlier in the year.
A series win for the Proteas will ensure they finish second on the ICC Test rankings at the April 3 cut-off date, but more importantly, it would be the first time a South African team has beaten Australia in a series at home.
The unpredictable Kingsmead weather – and light – is bound to play a part in determining the outcome of the opening skirmish, resulting in bookies BET.co.za struggling to split the two sides.
The Proteas are on offer at 6/5, while Australia can be backed at 5/4.
The draw is on offer at an attractive 17/4.
The first ball is due to be bowled at 10:00.