Attention turns to the WACA on Friday as the third and final test between Australia and South Africa gets underway.
It has been a test of endurance and fitness this series, as bowlers and batters alike have toiled in the middle for hours on end.
For the Australians, the side injury to James Pattinson is a bitter blow for both the paceman and the Australian team. After being injured last summer, Pattinson will once again sit on the sidelines for the majority of Australia’s summer campaign.
Here’s a look at the areas for both teams in which could prove vital in Perth:
The Gabba will be the first battleground for the Australians during their 2012-2013 home summer. First opponent: South Africa.
The Proteas have begun the fiery banter, throwing several wild shots at the Australian team. Some say the Aussies aren’t ready for the strong pace attack that is Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. I say they’re wrong, and we won’t know the answer until the two teams clash starting the 9th of November.
The Australian domestic cricket season has been in full swing since mid-September, and there’s been plenty of action between the states.
New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia have all registered wins in the one-day format, while Queensland must wait until November 14th to have another crack at victory.