Faf du Plessis’ wretched luck with the toss continued as the called wrong yet again, allowing his English counterpart, Joe Root, to bat first in the third Test in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

South Africa have made just one change, swopping all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius with a specialist seamer in the Cobras’ Dane Paterson.

While the move undoubtedly upsets the balance of the Proteas’ line-up, Pretorius didn’t exactly contribue much with the bat anyway, meaning Paterson’s inclusion makes sense anyway.


The 30-year-old from Brackenfell has taken 350 first-class wickets at a fine average of 24.02 and has scalped 21 victims in five franchise four-day series matches this season.

England, meanwhile, have brought in out-and-out speedster Mark Wood to replace the injured James Anderson.

Proteas: Dean Elgar, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Paterson, Anrich Nortje.

England: Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood.

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