2 Jan 2009

Proteas unchanged for third test in Sydney

5:58 pm on 2 January 2009

South Africa will take an unchanged cricket side into the third test against Australia, which starts tomorrow in Sydney, after Ashwell Prince failed a fitness test on his injured thumb.

Captain Graeme Smith will play despite a painful elbow injury.

A 3-0 series sweep over Australia will hand the Proteas the top ranking in test cricket replacing Australia.

Jean-Paul Duminy retains his place in the middle order after scoring an unbeaten 50 and a magnificent 166 in the Perth and Melbourne Tests in his debut as Prince's replacement.

Smith will skip this month's one-day series in Australia to rest and recover in time for the home test series against Australia starting on February 26.