Dravid leads, Connor in; India bats 1st

Published: Friday, November 23, 2001, 20:33 [IST]
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Centurion Park (South Africa): South Africa captain Shaun Pollock won the toss and put india in to bat in the controversy-ridden third and final cricket Test on Friday. The Indian team was led by Rahul Dravid after Saurav Ganguly withdrew in the last minute due to a spasm in his neck and back. The Indians also left out Virender Sehwag, who had been given a one-match ban by match referee Mike Denness for excessive appealing in the second Test. The ICC, however, has said the one-match ban on Sehwag will apply to him in the Mohali Test against England since this 'Test' was declared as unofficial following defiance of the cricket Boards of India and South Africa to accept Denness as match referee. Former South African Test player Denis Lindsay was officiating as match referee in this 'Test' as agreed between the two playing countries. The Indians decided to cap opener Connor Williams in this game while going in with five bowlers, with Venkatesh Prasad replacing Ajit Agarkar. Dravid said after the toss that his team would play it like an official Test and was quite upbeat about it. However, pollock admitted it was "not quite the same". The South Africans side also had a debutant in Jacques Rudolph, who came in place of Boeta Dippenaar. The teams: India: Rahul Dravid (captain), Connor Williams, Shiv Sunder Das, V V S Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Deep Dasgupta, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Ashish Nehra Venkatesh Prasad. South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Jacques Rudolph, Neil Mckenzie, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Nicky Boje, Makhaya Ntini and Mornantau Hayward. Extras:
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