Australia v South Africa Tests
Voges fit, Marsh no certain starter
Adam Voges passes a fitness test as Steve Smith says Australia could opt for six specialist batsmen in the second Test
Sam Ferris in Hobart
11 November 2016, 11:30 AM AEST
Australia will wait until the toss to name their starting XI for the second Commonwealth Bank Test, but captain Steve Smith has confirmed Adam Voges will take the field in Hobart.
Voges was under an injury cloud after hurting his hamstring during the first Test in Perth and the 37-year-old passed a fitness Test on Friday morning under the supervision of Australia’s medical staff and National Selection Chairman Rod Marsh in the middle of Blundstone Arena.
"He's fine," Smith said of Voges. "I think (the scenario is) if he's fit he'll be in the team.
"He's come through his fitness test fine so I think he'll be good to go."
With wet weather forecast throughout the match, skipper Smith didn’t rule out the possibility of Australia’s selectors going with six specialist batsmen instead of five and allrounder Mitchell Marsh.
"We'll wait until tomorrow and see what's happening with the weather,” Smith said.
"You might not need to have that extra bowling option if there's a lot of rain around.
"There's possibilities we could go in with six genuine batsmen. We'll wait and see."
The workloads of key pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will be monitored closely after the pair bowled 49.4 overs and 54 overs respectively in the first Test.
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Starc was underdone leading into the Perth Test having bowled just 19 overs in Sheffield Shield cricket in the lead-up after suffering a gruesome leg injury two months ago in Sydney that derailed his planned preparation.
Victorian fast bowler Peter Siddle was also light on bowling heading into Perth and was ruled out of the second Test after reporting back pain in the wake of the first Test defeat to South Africa.
"It's well known we had two fast bowlers going into that Test who were underdone," team physiotherapist David Beakley said yesterday.
"Starcy played the Shield match about five-and-a-half weeks post his knee injury, which is amazing he got back that quickly."
While Blundstone Arena curator Marcus Pamplin predicts seam to dominate over spin, Smith said the selectors are leaning towards playing veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
"I'm not really sure that's the way we're thinking," Smith said.
"I guess it will depend over the next 24 hours and what the wicket looks like and the forecast looks like."
Australia XI (possible): David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Starc, Joe Mennie, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon