Cape Town - West Indies won the toss and elected to bat as they sought to take
advantage of a good wicket in sunny conditions in the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Friday.
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It was the third
successive win of the toss for West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin, who
elected to bowl in both of the first two Tests last month.
teams made a single change as the West Indies brought back all-rounder
Jermaine Blackwood while South Africa handed Simon Harmer a Test debut.
25-year-old off-spinner is the third debutant in as many Tests for
South Africa, who lead the series 1-0 and will make sure they retain
their status as the top ranked test nation if they win.
selection follows a debut in the last Test for right-hander Temba Bavuma
and in the first Test for Stiaan van Zyl, who scored a century on
South Africa won the first Test in the three-match series
by an innings and 220 runs in Pretoria before the second Test in Port
Elizabeth ended in a rain-affected draw.
South Africa: Alviro
Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (captain), AB de
Villiers, Stiaan van Zyl, Temba Bavuma, Simon Harmer, Vernon Philander,
Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
West Indies: Devon Smith, Kraigg
Brathwaite, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul,
Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (captain), Jason Holder, Jerome
Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Shannon Gabriel.