South Africa beat Australia by 231 runs in the 2nd Test at Port Elizabeth © Getty Images


Sydney: Feb 25, 2014


South Africa is reportedly facing a dilemma over selection ahead of the deciding third Test against Australia in Cape Town despite their 231-run victory in the second Test that leveled the three-Test series.


The selectors naming a 16-man squad for Newlands Test indicated their indecision about their final XI.


According to, the debate about whether to pick an all-rounder or a specialist bowler will be re-opened by the groin injury suffered by left-arm fast-medium bowler Wayne Parnell.


The report mentioned that batsman Ryan McLaren, who was ruled out of the second Test after suffering concussion in the first Test loss at Centurion, was named in the squad for Newlands, along with swing bowler Kyle Abbott, the leading bowler in South Africa’s domestic First-class competition.


However, the report said that if past policy is followed, then Rory Kleinveldt, who has been in the squad for all three Tests, would probably be preferred if the hosts decide to again pick four specialist seam bowlers.


The report also said that left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who did not play in Port Elizabeth, is also in the squad if a specialist spinner is required, while Dean Elgar, who made 83 as an opening batsman in the first innings of the second Test, will probably make way for Alviro Petersen, who missed the game because of illness.