South Africa, Australia square up in pace battle ahead of first Test match in Centurion

Australian captain Michael Clarke claimed after a crushing 5-0 Ashes series win over England that his side had the best bowling attack in the world - an assertion he repeated when he arrived in South Africa.

updated: February 10, 2014 20:12 IST
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Centurion, South Africa: Batsmen can expect a torrid time when South Africa and Australia square up at SuperSport Park on Wednesday in the first of three Test matches.

Both teams have formidable fast bowling attacks at a venue which usually favours fast bowlers.

South Africa's battery is spearheaded by Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn, who are first and second in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings, while Morne Morkel is 13th.

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