Dale Steyn will not feature in South Africa's opening two one-day internationals against Pakistan to enable him to rest his troublesome shoulder.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has backed captain Sarfraz Ahmed despite their Test whitewash at the hands of South Africa. 

Ottis Gibson declared it was "mission accomplished" by South Africa after they completed a Test series whitewash over Pakistan.

Duanne Olivier again played a key role as South Africa completed a 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan with a 107-run victory in the third Test at the Wanderers.

Quinton de Kock expressed his delight at ending a "frustrating" wait for his fourth Test century as he led South Africa towards a whitewash of Pakistan on Sunday.

Quinton de Kock's fourth Test century put South Africa in a strong position to complete a 3-0 Test series sweep over Pakistan, who showed late resilience on day three in their battle to avoid defeat.

Wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock equalled his Test-best score of 129 as the Proteas posted a second-innings total of 303, leaving the tourists a daunting target of 381.

Hashim Amla played his part with a measured 71 off 144 deliveries before being caught behind by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, whose involvement in 10 dismissals in a match set a new record for Pakistan.

Dale Steyn struck twice in close proximity to dismiss openers Imam-ul-Haq (35) and Shan Masood (37) and move into the top-10 list of all-time Test wicket takers on 433.

But Azhar Ali (15) was the only other wicket to fall and, while they require another 228, Asad Shafiq (48 not out) and Babar Azam's (17no) partnership led the tourists to 153-3 at the close to retain an outside chance.

After scoring at a run-a-ball rate to make 34 overnight, De Kock was much more measured early on Sunday against a testing Pakistan bowling unit.

Amla's steady work ended when he gloved a Hasan Ali delivery, while Vernon Philander (14) hit three crisp boundaries before being trapped lbw by Mohammad Amir.

De Kock did manage four boundaries before lunch but Mohammad Abbas was smacked for three more as the pace of scoring picked up in the second session.

A few jitters followed as the personal landmark approached before De Kock finally drilled one to the fence to bring up his century. He eventually holed out off Shadab Khan, having hit a solitary six and 18 fours.

Kagiso Rabada (21 off 62) had been a reliable partner but South Africa's innings folded in a hurry, their final three wickets going down for one run.

Steyn made his mark to break Pakistan's opening stand when Imam got a thin edge behind to wicketkeeper De Kock.

A fuming Masood soon followed when technology was needed on a South Africa review for a catch behind, but there was less doubt about Azhar's wicket as he gloved behind a rising delivery from Olivier.

Yet Shafiq, who hit Olivier for three fours in one over to take Pakistan past 100, and Babar rattled along in an unbeaten 49-run stand, giving the visitors a glimmer of hope heading into Monday's play.

Quinton de Kock's fourth Test century put South Africa in a strong position to complete a 3-0 Test series sweep over Pakistan, who showed late resilience on day three in their battle to avoid defeat.

Duanne Olivier and Hashim Amla helped South Africa remain on top against Pakistan as momentum swung back and forth on an eventful day two of the third Test. 

The Proteas endured a dismal start in the field after Pakistan resumed on 17-2, with four drops and a missed run out coming inside the opening hour in Johannesburg. 

Paceman Olivier (5-51), who had match figures of 11-96 in the first Test, finally made the breakthrough, but Babar Azam (49 off 55) and Sarfraz Ahmed (50 off 40) lifted Pakistan before the tourists lost their last five wickets for just 16 runs. 

South Africa looked in trouble at 45-5 inside 15 overs, but Amla (42 not out) maintained his composure to get his team to stumps without further loss, meaning they hold a lead of 212 runs.

The Proteas wasted a number of chances early on, with nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas (11) inexplicably dropped by Temba Bavuma at gully off Vernon Philander (3-43). 

Dale Steyn – who later appeared to be struggling with his troublesome right shoulder – saw Imam-ul-Haq (43) and Abbas put down by Dean Elgar, after a touch off Theunis de Bruyn, and Quinton de Kock respectively. 

South Africa's wicketkeeper was then unable to gather an outside edge from Imam, who was oblivious to Abbas attempting to snatch a run. The latter had to turn back but Kagiso Rabada failed to punish him, missing the stumps with his throw. 

De Bruyn finally held on to an opportunity as Abba fell to Olivier, who removed Asad Shafiq for a three-ball duck in the same over. 

Babar turned up the tempo in a fine knock that included 10 fours – half of which came from two Steyn overs – but Imam was unable to make it through to lunch unscathed. 

Sarfraz shared a 78-run partnership for the sixth wicket until the Pakistan captain was taken at first slip by Amla, Babar then falling shy of his half-century to Olivier just four balls later. 

Olivier was unable to complete a hat-trick after dismissing Faheem Ashraf (0) but Pakistan were skittled for 185 when Rabada (2-41) had Shadab Khan caught at gully for five.

Pakistan were unsuccessful with a review for lbw against Aiden Markram (21) but Sarfraz got it right in the next over, his challenge showing Elgar had edged Mohammad Amir (1-28) through to the wicketkeeper.

Markram went to Abbas in the first over after tea and, after another poor challenge from Sarfraz failed to get rid of Amla, Faheem (2-19) claimed the scalps of De Bruyn (7) and Zubayr Hamza (0) in the space of three balls.

The home team appeared in real troubl at that stage, yet Amla responded with back-to-back fours off Hasan Ali (0-27), who at one stage was forced to stop in his run-up due to a swarm of insects that bugged Pakistan in the field in the final session.

De Kock - who reached the close unbeaten on 34 - helped keep the score ticking over and the pair made it to the close with an unbeaten 42-run union that Pakistan will need to break early on day three.

Mohammad Amir revealed that a tactical rethink during the tea break led to Pakistan's remarkable turnaround on day one of the final Test with South Africa.

The hosts, seeking a 3-0 whitewash, looked to be in control at the Wanderers after reaching 226-3 but the final session put an entirely different spin on things.

Pakistan clicked into gear to bowl out their opponents for 262 and, although the Proteas hit back with two wickets of their own, the tourists' fighting spirit pleased Amir.

"The first two sessions we didn't bowl well," said Amir, who took 2-36. "After that we made a plan to bowl wicket to wicket and control the run rate.

"This wicket is far better [for batting] than the first two games but I always believe that when you stick to the basics, whether you are a bowler or a batsman, you can get the reward."

Aiden Markram anchored South Africa's innings with a well-constructed 90, having compiled 78 off 101 balls by lunch in a session that he thoroughly enjoyed. 

"It was the best I've moved in a session," he said. "It's important to respect the good balls but when there is a ball in your zone you need to be in a frame of mind to put it away.

"Our total is a bit under par but it did seem to be a bit more difficult to bat on later on."

Pakistan also confirmed on Friday that leg-spinner Yasir Shah had been sent to a Johannesburg hospital for a scan on his injured knee.

Vernon Philander took two Pakistan wickets in a dramatic final session after South Africa capitulated to 262 all out on day one of the final Test of the series at the Wanderers.

Pakistan are waiting to discover the extent of a knee injury suffered by spinner Yasir Shah.

As the Windies Women prepare for their tour of Pakistan later this month, Cricket West Indies said they have confirmed the dates for the ODI leg of the tour but are still working out details for the T20 matches.

Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail will return to training next week as he recovers from his latest knee injury.

The 30-year-old has repeatedly had issues with his right knee throughout his career and the most recent setback ruled him out of the Test series in South Africa that concludes with the third match beginning on Friday.

Sohail has revealed his dismay at having missed the Tests - the first two of which were won by the Proteas - but he is now ready to begin a rehabilitation programme on Monday.

"It is never a great feeling to abort an international tour due to an injury," he said. "It was actually heartbreaking.

"I was looking forward to the Tests until I had a recurrence during my innings of 73 not out against Cricket South Africa Invitation XI in the build up to the Centurion Test.

"We had anticipated that I would recover in time for the second Test, but after it emerged that the injury will take more time to heal, it was appropriate for me to return home and start my rehabilitation programme in Lahore.

"I am hopeful that I will recover completely within the next four weeks."

He added: "The disappointment of missing out on the Tests was compounded by some misreporting in a section of the press. I want to assure to all my fans, colleagues and selectors that I am fully committed to my cricket and the Pakistan cricket team.

"I will leave no stone unturned during my rehabilitation programme so that I am back on to the field fully fit."

Stand-in South Africa captain Dean Elgar is targeting a whitewash against Pakistan but he is wary of a response from the tourists.

The Proteas have won the first two Tests of the three-match series ahead of the final meeting at the Wanderers, where Pakistan will belatedly look to get off the mark.

But while South Africa have already secured a comfortable win, Elgar insists the Johannesburg Test is not a "dead rubber" and wants to maintain the team's fine form.

"We want to win this series 3-0 and the summer 5-0 with the two Tests we have against Sri Lanka later‚" Elgar said. "We are playing at home which is a massive advantage for us.

"But it is not a dead rubber because we have a massive opportunity to get up the rankings. [Pakistan] have so much still to play for as a side because they have been hurt a bit throughout this series.

"That is the nature of playing against South Africa in South Africa. I am pretty sure that they will come back stronger but, if we stick to our game plan, we will shut them out."

Elgar is skipper in the absence of Faf du Plessis, banned for a match for an over-rate offence, and the Proteas have some selection decisions to make ahead of Friday's first day.

Aiden Markram is undergoing fitness tests, while uncapped batsman Zubayr Hamza could debut.

"We have a good headache at the moment because we can either go with the four-seamer option or we go back to three seamers and one spinner‚" said Elgar.

"[Markram] went through some serious fitness tests [on Thursday] because you have to take that stuff seriously. I think he managed to get through everything like everyone expected him to.

"He is doing another one and after that they will make a call. I am pretty sure that he will be in a good space to play.

"Elsewhere‚ I don't think we are going to shift around the batting line-up too much. I think players have earned their places at respective positions. Whoever comes in for Faf will be a direct swap for that position."

Uncapped batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been named in the South Africa squad for the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan.

The 29-year-old played in two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe last year and could get his chance in the 50-over format after he was among the 14 men included for the matches in Port Elizabeth and Durban this month.

Paceman Dane Paterson has been recalled and Hashim Amla returns after recovering from a finger injury that ruled him out of the series in Australia.

JP Duminy and Lungi Ngidi miss out due to shoulder and knee injuries respectively. 

Cricket South Africa national selection panel convener Linda Zondi said: "We need to look at all the options available to us as we get closer to selecting our final squad for this year's World Cup and Rassie and Dane are two players who have been knocking strongly on the door in all formats.

"Those players who went to Australia and have not been selected for the first two matches - Farhaan Behardien, Aiden Markram and Chris Morris - are by no means out of the picture and they may well get further opportunities in the second half of the series."

 

South Africa squad:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

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