Bold move by Aussie coach Cheika as he dropped Bernard Foley for the test this weekend against the Springboks.
Kurtley Beale was selected to start his first Test in the No 10 jersey since 2014 with the 76-Test veteran directing the show from flyhalf, with the experienced Matt Toomua promoted to inside centre.
Good news for the Aussies was that Israel Folau and David Pocock was both declared fit for their clash against South Africa.
There is a a lot of pressure on Cheika as he again failed to beat the All Backs in the first two home and away test of the season.
Brumbies lock Rory Arnold will start in the second row for his first Test of 2018 while “Tongan Thor” prop Taniela Tupou has overcome a hamstring complaint to take his place on the bench.
Australia and South Africa couldn’t be split in their two encounters last year with a 23-all draw in Perth before playing out a 27-all draw in Bloemfontein.
Australia:15 Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks