South Africa v/s India, 3rd Test: This is when India last played a Test without a spinner

India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat on a seamer-friendly wicket in the third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

India go into the Test without a recognised spinner as seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes the place of Ravichandran Ashwin, and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane comes in for Rohit Sharma. South Africa have also selected an all-seam attack, with Andile Phehlukwayo taking the place of Keshav Maharaj as their only change from the second Test.

This is the first time since 2012 that India have gone into a Test without a spinner. The visitors will be playing with four front-line seamers and another pacer in Hardik Pandya. The last time India played a Test without a spinner was in 2011-12 in Perth, Australia.

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