South Africa on Friday decided to make no changes to their squad for the remaining two Tests.
Having won the Boxing Day Test at Centurion, they were edged in the second Test by 189 runs. The playing XI from the last Test alongside Dane Paterson will travel to Port Elizabeth, while the remaining squad will go to their respective franchises to feature in domestic cricket.
“The starting XI from the Newlands Test, along with Dane Paterson will travel to Port Elizabeth, while the rest of the players will remain with their franchise teams to play in the CSA Domestic Four-Day series,” CSA said in a tweet.
“The selection panel are placing an emphasis on the importance of game time for non-starting players and prefer that they are available to their teams to help boost the competition. They will join the national team if and when required.”
South Africa had made only one change to their playing XI in the second Test when Aiden Markram was ruled out of the entire series with a fractured finger. Pieter Malan was handed over a Test debut and he made an impact in the second innings with a dogged 84 off 288 balls.
The third Test will start from January 16 while the final match will be played at Wanderers on January 24.