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.