South Africa takes on Australia in the third and final Test in Sydney starting from January 4. They have already lost the Test series and are now staring at a series defeat. The Proteas have slipped to the fifth position on the WTC 2021-23 points table. Both teams play a three-match ODI series after the end of the Test match.
South Africa are now on a four-match losing streak. They lost two against England and two against Australia. The side endured an innings defeat in the third Test in Melbourne.
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The Proteas have been totally outplayed in the first two Tests. They have been bowled out for paltry totals of 99 in the second innings at Gabba. The Protean side was bowled out for 189 and 204 in Melbourne.
Heading into the final Test match, they will miss the services of Theunis de Bruyn who will miss the Test match due to the birth of his child. Rassie Van der Dussen might be his ideal replacement in the XI.
The management might also rest one of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje or Lungi Ngidi. In that case, they can pick between Gerald Coetzee and Lizaad Williamson both of who are new to Test cricket. In this article, we pick South Africa’s ideal XI for the third Test against Australia.
AUS vs SA: South Africa Playing 11 for Australia, 3rd Test
Dean Elgar (C)
The skipper has to score runs for his side. He has scored 31 runs in the first two Test matches. He ended 2022 with 577 runs in 11 Test matches averaging 28.85.