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November 20, 2001
South Africa will support "virtually any action" to ensure that the third and final Test match between South Africa and India goes ahead on Friday, United Cricket Board communications director Bronwyn Wilkinson said on Tuesday.
This would include replacing Mike Denness as match referee, confirmed Wilkinson, if that was the only way to persuade the Indian team not to abort the tour and fly home ahead of the SuperSport Park match.
The UCB position follows a day of top-level discussions after Denness' decision to take disciplinary action against six Indian players, including a one-Test ban that would prevent Virender Sehwag taking part in the third Test.
Wilkinson said that it was vitally important to South African cricket that the third Test was played and that the UCB could not afford to have it cancelled.
After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Virat Kohli's innings on the final day transcended the conditions, the bowlers and his batting partners, and when it was all in vain, he displayed remarkable grace in defeat
The new stand-in captain has the makings of a long-term leader, given his ability to stay ahead of the game
The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test
Both batsmen seemingly have buckets of talent at their disposal and the backing of their captains, but soft dismissals relentlessly follow both around the Test arena