South Africa wins toss and bats in 3rd test vs England

BY foxsports • January 14, 2016

JOHANNESBURG (AP) South Africa won the toss and chose to bat in the third test against England on Thursday, giving the team time to fly in a replacement wicketkeeper after Quinton de Kock was ruled out with injury on the morning of the game.

Dane Vilas was flying to Johannesburg from a domestic match in Port Elizabeth to replace De Kock, who fell at home on Wednesday and woke up Thursday morning with a badly swollen right knee.

Possibly pushed by the absence of a wicketkeeper, new South Africa captain AB de Villiers decided to bat first at the Wanderers despite cool, overcast conditions.

England leads the four-test series 1-0 and is seeking a first series win over South Africa in more than a decade.