Du Plessis in for Duminy
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The 29-year-old comes in to replace the injured JP Duminy and is one of two changes for Graeme Smith's men as leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been given the nod ahead of paceman Rory Kleinveldt.
The selection is in stark contrast to the opening five-day encounter at the Gabba, which saw the Proteas select four fast bowlers plus all-rounder Jacques Kallis, but the Aussies' huge first-innings total suggested that they might have got things wrong.
Smith will now have two spin-bowling options in South Australia on Thursday as Du Plessis also bowls leg-spin and will act as back-up to Tahir.
Duminy can bowl some off-spin, but he misses out after rupturing his Achilles tendon during training following the opening day of the first Test and now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The sides played out a high-scoring draw in Brisbane and, with another excellent pitch expected at the Adelaide Oval, the bowlers on both teams will have to work hard to take 20 wickets later this week.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (w), Jacques Rudolph, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.