Clarke backs Elger for selection

Australia take on South Africa in the second Test in Port Elizabeth at 10am today.

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Australia's captain Michael Clarke is expecting Dean Elgar to be selected in the Proteas side to take on Australia in the second Test in Port Elizabeth today.

All-rounder Ryan McLaren is unavailable for selection after suffering from a mild concussion.

And in preparation for the second Test, Clarke says the side expects Elgar to be included.

"I have seen enough of Dean and I think he's a good player and that's why I think they will go for him. He has performed very well in South African cricket, though he hasn't had that much opportunity in Test cricket."

Clarke says he expects the Proteas to come out fighting in the second Test and has dismissed the idea that the Australians' 281 run win in the first Test means the Proteas are now a team in decline.

"I don't think one loss should be an indication that it's time for a generation change or that South African cricket is in trouble. I think they are a very good team, led by a very good captain, with a lot of experience. And we're pretty sure they going to want to bounce back at this game and we have to be ready for that."

Clarke also adds he believes Australia's Mitchell Johnson can be considered the world's best fast bowler at the moment.

"He can be as best as any fast bowler in the world. He has been a wonderful bowler his whole career. He always has pace and he has always been able to swing the ball and the moment he's executing those very well."

Meanwhile, Bizhub Highveld Lions batsman Quinton de Kock has been called up into the Proteas Test squad as batting cover for Alviro Petersen who is struggling with a viral infection.