Australia celebrate the wicket of Aiden Markram on Thursday morning at Newlands. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Australia celebrate the wicket of Aiden Markram on Thursday morning at Newlands. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA Pictures
The thrid Test between SA and Australia kicked off in glorious weather at Newlands on Thursday. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA Pictures
The thrid Test between SA and Australia kicked off in glorious weather at Newlands on Thursday. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Dean Elgar faces a delivery at Newlands on Thursday morning. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo
Dean Elgar faces a delivery at Newlands on Thursday morning. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo

CAPE TOWN – The Proteas offset the early loss of opener Aiden Markram to head to lunch on the first morning of the third Test on 75/1 at Newlands.
 
Markram was dismissed for a duck, caught by Australian captain Steve Smith at second slip off Josh Hazlewood, but Dean Elgar (40 not out) and Hashim Amla (31 not out) ensured there would be no further scares after Proteas captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat.
 
The Australian bowlers kept a tight line and length, but there was no significant movement off the pitch or through the air on a glorious Cape Town Thursday morning to assist the seam bowlers.
 
Earlier, the Proteas made two changes to their line-up with Temba Bavuma and Morne Morkel included in the starting line-up at the expense of Theunis de Bruyn and Lungi Ngidi.
 
Australia named an unchanged team from the first two Test matches.

Aiden Markram was sent back to the dressing room for a duck. Photo: Phandulwazi Jikelo/ANA Pictures

South Africa:

Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (capt), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel

Australia: 

David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
 
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