London - South Africa captain AB de Villiers
won the toss and elected to bat in the third one-day international
against England at The Oval on Friday.
England made two changes
from the side that lost the second one-dayer by 80 runs in Southampton
on Tuesday to go 1-0 down in this five-match series following last
week's washout in Cardiff.
Kent off-break bowler James Tredwell
replaced Graeme Swann after England rested their number one spinner, a
mainstay in all three formats, for the second time this season because
of a longstanding elbow injury.
And fast bowler Jade Dernbach
returned on his Surrey home ground in place of seamer Tim Bresnan, whose
eight overs in Southampton cost 61 runs during a match where South
Africa's Hashim Amla made 150.
South Africa, whose victory on
Tuesday saw them dethrone England as the world's number one ranked
one-day side, recalled premier fast bowler Dale Steyn after resting the
spearhead of their attack. Steyn replaced Ryan McLaren.
South Africa are currently number one in all three international formats.
was England's first match since one-day skipper Alastair Cook was also
made permanent captain of the Test team following Andrew Strauss's
retirement from all cricket on Wednesday.
England: Alastair Cook
(captain), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Craig
Kieswetter (wkt), Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, James
Anderson, Jade Dernbach
South Africa: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla,
JP Duminy , AB de Villiers (captain/wkt), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Wayne
Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
TV umpire: Simon Taufel (AUS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)