South Africa win toss, elect to bat against Pakistan in third Test

Dean Elgar will take charge of South Africa for the final Test

The veteran quick suffered a groin injury when South Africa toured the subcontinent in 2015, missing a huge chunk of the four-match Test series against India.

Olivier took five wickets for 51 as South Africa gained a first innings lead of 77 at the Wanderers Stadium.

That first hour was dire however from the home team, a fielding performance usually associated with their opponents. Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir who made a comeback to the national side after some months after a poor run in the ODIs picked two four-fors in the first two Tests and chipped in with two in the first innings of the third Test in Johannesburg.

The moods of Gibson and the bowlers went from frustrated to furious, with the Proteas coach seen shaking his head while seated in the front row of the viewing area in the dressing room.

There is also a recall for fast bowler Dane Paterson, who has not played for the Proteas in this format since his debut series against Bangladesh in 2017, while Hashim Amla, who missed the most recent series in Australia towards the end of previous year through injury, returns to the squad.

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The tourists' batsmen, under pressure from Philander and Dale Steyn, were unable to back up their bowlers' efforts in the nine overs before stumps and Imam and Abbas will hope to start the rebuild on day two as they target a consolation victory in the series. Abbas was dropped by the South African wicket-keeper in the 19th over, off Steyn, as De Kock dived to his right.

He returned later, much to everyone's relief, though he copped another pounding from his nemesis in this series Babar Azam.

Three balls later Asad Shafiq ducked a bouncer but was caught behind off his glove.

Earlier in the day, South Africa was bowled out for 262 after they failed to build on the superb foundation laid by opener Aiden Markram.

Markram and Hashim Amla then added 126 for the second wicket and although both fell in the afternoon session - Faheem Ashraf having Markram strangled down the legside 10 short of his century and Amla well caught at slip off leg-spinner Shadab Khan - De Bruyn and Hamza ensured the hosts remained well placed at tea.

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