Windies bat 1st, Harmer debuts

2015-01-02 10:06
Coin toss during day 1 of the 3rd Test between SA and West Indies. (Gallo)
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.

Both teams made a single change as the West Indies brought back all-rounder Jermaine Blackwood while South Africa handed Simon Harmer a Test debut.

The 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.

Harmer's 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 debut.

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.

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