Test Cricket Tours - Australia to South Africa 2011-12
Tour of South Africa 2011-12Captain: Michael Clarke
official Test tour
tour of South Africa by Australia
(October - November 2011)
The Argus report had just
arrived at Cricket Australia
and the composition of the backroom staff was in flux as the tour began.
The two Tests were highly
dramatic with some superb individual performances but there was a strong
feeling that the series was far too brief.Cricket Australia
would would have preferred to play three matches rather than two; but this tour was beyond the requirements of
the Future Tours Programme and was made in recognition for South Africa agreeing to play a Boxing Day
Test in Australia
on its last two tours in 2005 and 2008.
The new fast bowler Pat Cummins
was clearly a star player but this tour proved too much for his back muscles
and he was rarely able to feature again in Australia’s Test eleven.
Michael Clarke led a most
successful tour:after winning the
one-day series his team recovered from a Test defeat at Cape
Town to draw the Test series with a extraordinary win at Johannesburg.
Cooley was named as interim coach after Tim Nielsen resigned in September
2011. This was a temporary appointment and he remained head coach of Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. Mickey Arthur
was still coach at Western
Interim selection committee
while the Argus Review was completed :
Andrew Hilditch, Greg
Chappell, Jamie Cox,Michael Clarke (captain),
Tim Nielsen (coach)
Limited-overs team announced:27 September 2011
UnavailableTim Paine had a broken finger ; Brad
Haddin had announced his retirement from Twenty20 internationals;John Hastings sustained an injury to his
right shoulder during traing and needed surgery.
Test team announced:17
Not selected: Ben Hilfenhaus
Time between selection of limited-overs squad and departure from
(27 September -8 October)
Twenty/20 team, captained by Cameron White, flew out for South Africa on Saturday 8 October and arrived
in Cape Town
on Sunday.Cummins, O’Keefe, Smith,
Watson and Warner joined the group from India,
where they had been playing for New
South Wales in the Champions League T20.
Of the Australian
one-day squad, captain Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin arrived
first. Other players completed their Sheffield Shield commitments before arriving
on Saturday 15 October
Time spent in South
(9 October - 22 November)
Andrew Hilditch (selector
on tour),Troy Cooley (coach - and appointed as an interim national selector),Michael Clarke (captain).
The Argus Review recommended that captains join the tour selection panel
for each match format.
Lee had to withdrew from the T20 squad before the matches began because
appendicitis was diagnosed, and on 13 October announced he would be replaced
by Mitchell Marsh.
D A Warner
David Warner was brought back into
the side because Shaun Marshsuffered a back injury during the first Test.
Warner re-joined the tour party on Monday 14 November.
Ryan Harris (pain in right hip)
also flew home before the second Test..
Africa announced the Test itinerary on 6