Peter Siddle dropped as Australia bats first

Last updated 22:15 01/03/2014

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Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first as the third and decisive test between South Africa and Australia was greeted by bright sunshine at Newlands stadium today.

Both sides made bold selections in their pace attacks with the three-match series level at 1-1.

While Australia preferred the more incisive James Pattinson to the workaholic Peter Siddle, South Africa replaced the injured Wayne Parnell with Kyle Abbott instead of Rory Kleinveldt - despite the fact that Abbott was only called in to the squad this week.

Allrounder Shane Watson was recalled to the Australian side as expected, at the expense of Shaun Marsh, while South African opener Alviro Petersen returned from a bout of gastroenteritis to replace Quinton de Kock.

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Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Michael Clarke (captain), Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

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