Proteas captain Quinton de Kock won the toss and elected to bowl first in Saturday’s third and final ODI against Australia at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
South Africa went without fast bowler Lungi Ngidi and seamer Beuran Hendricks. Ngidi was rested and Hendricks is ill. Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was not selected due to paternity leave.
Fast bowler Daryn Dupavillon welcomed an international debut amid a string of impressive performances for the table-topping Dolphins in the ongoing One-Day Cup.
Australia went without fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who has returned home to watch wife Alyssa Healy play in Sunday’s Women’s T20 World Cup final against India.
The hosts have an unassailable two-nil series lead. They won the first ODI at Boland Park on the back of a century from middle-order batsman Heinrich Klaasen. Opening batsman Janneman Malan’s ton sealed triumph in the second ODI.
The Proteas will depart for India after this series, despite the threat posted by the coronavirus outbreak. India and South Africa will contest three ODIs in Dharamsala, Lucknow and Kolkata. The uncapped George Linde has been named in the tourists’ squad.
South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper), Jon-Jon Smuts, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Daryn Dupavillon.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
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