South Africa Call Up Abbott For Decider

South Africa players celebrate a wicket
Kyle Abbott has been called up to replace Wayne Parnell (second right)
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South Africa have called up fast bowler Kyle Abbott ahead of the decisive third Test against Australia in Cape Town and will have Ryan McLaren available for selection.

Abbott comes into the side as a replacement for Wayne Parnell, who suffered a groin strain during the Proteas' impressive 231-run win in the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

McLaren was ruled out of that match with concussion after being hit by Mitchell Johnson in the opening match at Centurion, which Australia won by 281 runs.

Quinton de Kock, who was drafted in to make his Test debut at short notice when Alviro Petersen fell ill in Port Elizabeth, remains in the squad as batting cover.

The match begins on Saturday (1st March) and Abbott, who has played one Test, earns his place in the squad after taking 22 wickets at an average of 13.09 in five domestic first-class matches this season.

South Africa Test squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile

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Fixtures & Results

12th-16th February: 1st Test, Centurion
AUS 397 & 290-4d. beat RSA 206 & 200 by 281 runs
20th-24th February: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
RSA 423 & 270-5 dec. beat 246 & 216 by 231 runs
1st-5th March: 3rd Test, Cape Town
AUS 494-7d & 303-5d beat RSA 287 & 265 by 245 runs
9th March: 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth
Match abandoned without a ball bowled - rain
12th March: 2nd T20I, Durban
AUS 81-5 beat RSA 80-1 by 5 wickets
14th March: 3rd T20I, Centurion
AUS 129-4 beat RSA 128-7 by 6 wickets