Proteas await spin duo

Australia will select both Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill in the side that clashes with South Africa in the first Test starting on Thursday according to Proteas coach Mickey Arthur.

He is hoping that the pitch in Cape Town will not offer much assistance to the leg-spinning Australian duo, and is intrigued by how Australia will tackle the issue of supplementing the bowling attack.

"I don't think it's any secret we are looking for wickets with a little bit of grass in it," Arthur told a press conference.

"We want to try and negate the Warne and MacGill factor, so it will be interesting to see what type of deck we actually get.

"I do think they'll play two spinners in Cape Town. I'm pretty sure Australia will.

"If we get the wickets that we are probably looking for, it will be quite interesting because then that third seamer will become really important.

"That will be a very interesting selection."

Andrew Symonds' seamers could therefore be an extremely important component in Australia's bowling attack - likely to be spearheaded by paceman Brett Lee and the recalled Michael Kasprowicz - should conditions not suit the turning ball.

The 30-year-old Queenslander, a star of the limited overs game in recent times, has taken eight wickets in his seven-Test career at 36.87.

The South African coach believes that Australia should have included NSW bowler Nathan Bracken in the Test squad.

"I really think Bracken is a good bowler," Arthur said.

"(His non-selection) actually surprises us."

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