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South Africa wins toss, bats in 3rd test vs Australia

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Kagiso back as well Morkel to bolster bowling attack.

Newlands groundsman Evan Flint and his team putting the final touches to the pitch on Thursday morning. Photo: Ashfak Mohamed/IOL Sport

CAPE TOWN South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and chose to bat against Australia in the third Test on Thursday as Kagiso Rabada was selected, as expected, after overturning a two-match ban.

While Rabada’s successful appeal meant he was retained in the team, South Africa made two other changes following its series-leveling win in the second test in Port Elizabeth.

Batsman Temba Bavuma was recalled after recovering from injury and fast bowler Morne Morkel also returned to the lineup. Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngisi missed out. Bavuma was picked for his first Test this year.

Australia kept the same team that played the first two tests of the series.

Australia won the series opener convincingly in Durban and South Africa replied with victory in Port Elizabeth, setting up a crucial match at Newlands in the often contentious series.

Lineups:

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.