Johannesburg - South
Africa won the toss and decided to bat on Friday in the third and final
Test against Pakistan of a series the hosts have already won.
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Although South Africa clinched the series by winning the first two
matches, stand-in captain Dean Elgar said: "It is still a big game for
us. It is definitely not a dead rubber game."
Elgar said the pitch at Wanderers Stadium looked "really good" with
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed saying it would help the batsmen.
South Africa surprisingly stayed with an all-pace attack although the
surface looked drier than usual for the Wanderers despite having a
reasonable covering of grass.
Batsman Zubayr Hamza replaced suspended regular captain Faf du
Plessis and became South Africa's 100th Test cap since the country
returned to international cricket in 1991.
Pakistan made three changes, with all-rounders Shadab Khan and Faheem
Ashraf and fast bowler Hasan Ali replacing Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah and
Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Dean Elgar (captain), Aiden Markram, Hashim
Amla, Theunis de Bruyn, Zubayr Hamza, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock
(wkt), Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain/wkt), Imam-ul-Haq, Shan
Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf,
Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (IND), Joel Wilson (WIN)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)