25 Feb 2014

Parnell ruled out of series-deciding test

5:56 am on 25 February 2014

South Africa's cricket selectors have called Kyle Abbott into their squad for the series-deciding test against Australia sdtarting this weekend in Cape Town.

Abbott replaces pace bowler Wayne Parnell who suffered a groin injury during the Proteas crushing 231-run win in the second test in Port Elizabeth.

Ryan McLaren returns to the home side having recovered from a Mitchell Johnson bouncer in the first Test that left him with post-concussion syndrome.

And Alviro Petersen returns from the squad after illness kept him out of the second test.

South Africa are desperate to win a home test series against Australia for the first time since 1970.