SA bowl, Rossouw replaces Duminy

Toss South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl v England
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JP Duminy lost his place in the South Africa side to Rilee Rossouw © Getty Images

South Africa have won the toss and elected to bowl first in the deciding ODI of the series against England in Cape Town.

Rain fell in the morning and with conditions still somewhat overcast and the pitch under covers until shortly before the toss, both captains felt there may be some early assistance for bowlers. Eoin Morgan admitted that he, too, would have chosen to bowl first. The forecast for later in the day is fine.

South Africa, who won the two previous matches in the series to square it 2-2, are striving to avoid losing the Test and ODI sections of a home season against the same side for the first time since 2001-02 when Australia were their victors.

While England named an unchanged XI, South Africa replaced JP Duminy with Rilee Rossouw, meaning there is still no place for David Miller, who was recently appointed as captain of Kings XI Punjab.

Whatever happens, England might reflect on the progress they have made as an ODI side in the last 12 months. Exactly a year ago, they began their wretched World Cup campaign with a crushing defeat at the hands of Australia in Melbourne. Six members of that XI (Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Butter, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad) remain in this one and England will stay sixth in the rankings whatever happens, but they appear a far more dynamic side.

South Africa 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 Rilee Rossouw , 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 David Wiese, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Kyle Abbott, 11 Imran Tahir.

England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Reece Topley.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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